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Daily COVID-19 cases in S. Korea surpass 7,000 for first time Updated: 2021-12-08 17:36:58 KST

South Korea's new COVID-19 cases hit another all-time high today.
And the number of critically-ill patients also reached record levels.
For an indepth analysis of the situation and the road ahead, we're joined by Professor David Kwak from Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital.
Professor Kwak, welcome to the program.

We've had the biggest overnight spike in terms of the daily tally.
What are the key contributing factors?

The KDCA expressed particular concerns regarding rising infections among seniors who have suffered a drop in vaccine efficacy and unvaccinated children.
How effective are booster shots?

The government announced a revamped plan including state subsidies for home care and self-quarantine.
From January, oral COVID-19 medication will be provided to elderly at-home care patients.
Do tell us more about these measures.

In terms of omicron variant cases, one even involved a child younger than 10.
Plus there are 13 more suspected cases of the variant.
Quite an alarming development.

According to top U.S. medical adviser Anthony Fauci, Omicron is no more severe than prior strains, and even possibly milder.
But also mentioned that we can't over-interpret the data.

Alright, it was Dr. David KWAK. Many thanks for your insights.
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