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Virus concerns in S. Korea: Analysis Updated: 2022-01-25 17:23:25 KST

More than 8-thousand new COVID-19 cases were reported in South Korea on Tuesday.
That's a number not seen since the start of the pandemic.
But the country is likely to see even more infections due to the fast spread of the Omicron variant.
For more, we have our go-to medical expert, Dr. Alice Tan joining us live.
Dr. Tan, thanks for joining us.

Tuesday's tally is the highest yet in South Korea, but it seems the peak is still to come.
The health authorities are more worried what happens after the Lunar New Year holidays next week?

How much is the country's medical capacity feeling the strain right now?

While cases are surging, the number of critically ill patients has been on the decline in the past couple of days.
What does this mean for the virus response system?

The authorities are now going to shorten the isolation period for fully vaccinated people to 7 days instead of 10.
And there will likely be more self-tests instead of PCR tests.
What are benefits and risks of the updated virus response system?

The Lunar New Year holiday is less than a week away.
What's your advice for a safe holiday while minimizing a potential post-holiday surge?

Dr. Alice Tan from MizMedi Women's Hospital. Many thanks for your insights.
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