Here on the local front daily COVID-19 cases have bounced back to more than 2-thousand again today.
Health authorities are on their toes as a three-day holiday is around the corner this weekend.
That means the total caseload is expected to rise in the coming days.
Alright, Won-jong. The official daily figure was announced this morning.
Tell us about Wednesday's figure.
New COVID-19 cases in South Korea have climbed back to over 2-thousand again today.
There were 2,28 cases reported on Wednesday.
Of the total cases, all but 26 were locally transmitted. and the total caseload is now over 323-thousand.
Let's look at local infections from today.
1-thousand 495 cases were from the Greater Seoul area that's more than 74-percent of all infections.
Still, Seoul holds the most cases of all.
So far, 39 million people have been vaccinated with at least one dose now over 77-percent of the total population.
And, nearly 28 million people have been fully vaccinated.
That's more than 54-percent.
Let's turn to the COVID-19 vaccination program in Korea.
South Korea released a vaccination schedule for pregnant women last week.
Is that right?
Pregnant women are next in line starting this Friday.
According to the KDCA pregnant women who would like to get the COVID-19 vaccine can apply online from 8 PM Korea time.
They will be getting mRNA vaccines such as Moderna or Pfizer.
BUT I heard that concerns about the vaccines are still circulating among pregnant women.
You actually went out and met with a pregnant women in South Korea.
Right, it's a very sensitive topic to discuss with them because obviously it's something related to not only mothers but also their children as well.
Last week, our news team met Cho Lyee-jin who is 22 weeks pregnant and still goes to work every day.
She told us that she's worried about catching COVID-19, but hasn't had her first shot of the vaccine yet.
Let's take a listen.
"I don't think I'm going to get vaccinated because, first, this was emergency approval with not enough data. I'm sure there would be some impact after catching COVID-19, but we just don't know how the vaccine will impact my baby and myself.
So she said she already had her flu shot and felt that it's much safer than COVID-19 vaccines because it's already been widely used for a long time.
What about the research about the relationship between pregnant women and COVID-19?
This is something I found very interesting
Research shows that pregnant women are at more risk than others from COVID-19.
The Journal of American Medical Association in August said unvaccinated pregnant women with COVID-19 are 15 TIMES more likely to die and 22 TIMES more likely to have premature births.
Here's what the expert said.
"American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a strong medical consensus statement urging all pregnant individuals to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the rationale is because pregnant women have high chance of developing severe COVID-19 and also from dying from COVID-19."
Another expert told me that misinformation and a lack of understanding about vaccines still remains. That's why many pregnant women feel reluctant to get the shot.
That's something that they really need right now. more sufficient information being available for them and doctors.
Thank you for the report. We will see you back here tomorrow. Thank you.