With concerns mounting over a post-holiday surge in COVID-19 infections ahead of another three day holiday which begins today South Korean health authorities are forecasting another daily caseload well in excess of two-thousand.
For more, joining us live in the studio is Choi Won-jong, good morning.
Let's start with today's figure in Korea and what the forecast looks like.
Today's number of COVID-19 cases in South Korea will be above the two-thousand mark again.
As far as cases go from midnight to 9 PM on Wednesday 1-thousand 9-hundred 38 cases were reported.
That's 1-hundred 63 cases LESS than at the same time on the previous day.
And, 3-hundred 64 people LESS than the caseload from last Thursday.
Among local infections, over 76-percent were from the Greater Seoul area AGAIN this could change in next two hours or so.
Turning to the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Korea I believe pregnant women are next in line to reserve their slots for vaccination. Does it start today? Tell us more.
Yes, starting today Friday here around 136-thousand pregnant women in Korea will now be able to book their shots.
Bookings can be made through the KDCA website where individuals are required to input information about their pregnancy.
Actual vaccinations will kick off on October 18thless than two weeks from now.
They will be getting either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
As you know, this has been a very sensitive issue to talk about due to the risks of possible side effects.
BUT health authorities have continued to urge pregnant women to get jabbed if possible.
Switching gears the WHO recently said it's hoping to see 70-percent of the world's population vaccinated at least by the middle of 2022. Tell us more about that. seems quite ambitious to me.
It appears to me that the WHO is asking for global cooperation between pharmaceutical companies and countries with a high vaccination rate.
The WHO said Thursday they have set out their plans to achieve worldwide vaccination stressing the targets of 40-percent of the population of all countries by the end of this year and 70-percent by mid-2022.
The organization also mentioned that fair vaccine distribution is key meeting the goal and eventually seeing the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel.
So the WHO's goal is 70-percent of the world's population vaccinated by next year what about South Korea? When will the country see a 70-percent rate for full vaccination?
So yesterday South Korea's top health official said they are expecting to see a 70-percent full vaccination rate by at least October 25th.
If it happens, health authorities are planning to begin to make the gradual transition to the so-called 'living with covid' strategy possibly easing some restrictions after November 9th.
What's interesting is this is actually the first time the authorities have ever mentioned a start date.
Won-jong, as someone who desperate wants thing to get back to normal, my concern is the goalposts might shift if infection rates keep rising after the November 9th date you mention
Yes, you made a good point.
That is definitely possible.
That's why for a stable transition health authorities are trying to come up with more adequate ways to treat Covid patients at home as well as to improve the current medical system by mostly targeting severely ill patients.
Plus, the availability of treatments will be a factor.
They are currently in discussions with drugmakers to secure as many oral treatments as possible.
Thank you for your report. Won-jong.
Yep, thanks. Great reporting as always and have a great weekend.