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COVID-19 resurgence in S. Korea, Europe: Analysis Updated: 2021-11-25 17:14:24 KST

The world is seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 infections.
Parts of Europe are re-imposing lockdown measures and South Korea seems likely to follow the suit.
For more, we have Professor David Kwak from Soon Chun Hyang University in Seoul AND Professor Peter Klimek from the Medical University of Vienna joining us live.
Thank you both for joining us.




(Dr. Kwak)
Dr. Kwak, government officials say they are currently discussing all possible options because they think the virus situation is at a high risk.
Will we go back to strict distancing rules sooner than later?
And what other measures can the government think of?

(Dr. Klimek)
Dr. Klimek, what can South Korea expect?
Because it seems like we are following the pattern seen in Europe.
First, it was lockdown, then easing of lockdown, but then reimposing restrictions because of a spike in cases.

(Dr. Kwak)
Dr. Kwak, with rising infections in South Korea the number of critically-ill patients is soaring, particularly in the capital area.
And we're concerned about hospital bed shortages.
How can the country manage an increasing number of the patients?

(Dr. Klimek)
Dr. Klimek, the World Health Organization has announced a grim outlook for Europe saying that it may see a further 700-thousand Covid deaths by March.
The WHO says it's because of sluggish vaccine campaigns, variants, and loose distancing measures.
How is Europe dealing with this situation?

(Dr. Kwak)
Dr. Kwak, it has been recently reported in South Korea that a pregnant woman has been tested positive of COVID-19 and a few days later had a miscarriage.
The fetus later tested positive.
Doctors say there needs to be analysis on correlation between the death and the virus.
It was the first such case to be reported in South Korea.
Have there been any similar cases reported in other countries?

(Dr. Klimek)
The European CDC recommends vaccine boosters for all adults, with priority for those over 40 years old.
What's your take on their effectiveness? Will people in Europe be willing to take part in the booster campaign?

Alright. Dr. Klimek and Dr. Kwak, thank you both for your insights. We appreciate it.
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