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COVID-19 virus situation worsens: Analysis Updated: 2021-12-01 17:06:35 KST

Breaking record after record.
South Korea added its highest number of COVID-19 infections today at over five thousand.
And the Omicron variant is adding more concerns to the already bad situation.
For more, we are joined by Professor Yoo Byung-wook from Soonchunhyang University Hospital.
Professor Yoo, welcome to the program.

Some experts say the figures could rise to 10-thousand a day by January.
What measures do you think we need right now?

The number of severely ill patients keeps rising and the nation's medical capacity is feeling the strain.
More people with lighter symptoms will be treated at home.
What are the concerns and benefits?

There have been the first suspected cases of the Omicron variant in South Korea.
We will get to know the result in the coming hours.
What's your assessment on the situation?

We still do not know much about this variant but do you have any updates for us?

The U.S. FDA panel narrowly endorsed the use of Merck's oral COVID-19 treatment pill.
But the drug is reported to be significantly less effective than initially reported and there are some safety issues.
Could you tell us more?

Professor Yoo Byung-wook from Soonchunhyang University Hospital. Thank you for your insights.
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