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S Korea marks deadliest day of pandemic

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rising number of critically-ill patients, which he said is much higher than the government had earlier expected when it eased distancing curbs at the start of November.

Meaning the vaccine passports didn't work because now vaccinated people are filling up hospitals even though last month "the science" said that they wouldn't.

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated can catch, spread and be hospitalized by this disease.

No more discrimination and division in society, we're all in this together.

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Meaning the vaccine passports didn't work because now vaccinated people are filling up hospitals even though last month "the science" said that they wouldn't.

The article does not say that.

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Interesting that the article doesn't mention the vaccination rate. Given the media's poor track record of dishonesty during this pandemic, I think they omitted it on purpose because it would look bad that most if not all of the infections, deaths and hospitalisations would be of vaccinated people. SK has a higher rate of vaccination than Japan, at about 82%. I wonder what the difference is?

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Your promise was “no future shortages” and to be ready, this time @JAPAN.

*- “**The surge [in Korea] has threatened to overwhelm hospitals and was straining the country’s health care.” -*

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@bronco

Looking at data from the US, unvaccinated people are contracting Covid at 5x the rate and dying at 13x the rate compared to vaccinated.

Can’t argue with those results. Vaccinations are not perfect, but quite effective.

Don’t spread misinformation.

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as officials warned that the highly transmissible Omicron variant could soon become the dominant strain.

They should hope so. As all the deaths are from Delta.

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The article does not say that.

Yes it does.

Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol said Wednesday that South Korea is at “a critical juncture” as the danger of its medical system reaching limits grows. He said breakthrough infections transmissions among unvaccinated people are responsible for a rising number of critically-ill patients.

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated are ending up in the hospital, it's clearly stated.

Although the actual percentages have been omitted, probably because they don't fit the narrative.

South Korea is one of the most highly vaccinated countries in Asia, using both Pfizer and Moderna.

Record infections, just like Europe.

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South Korea is one of the most highly vaccinated countries in Asia, using both Pfizer and Moderna.

As well as J&J and AstraZeneca

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Nibek32

spot on!

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Meaning the vaccine passports didn't work because now vaccinated people are filling up hospitals even though last month "the science" said that they wouldn't.

A reference for this? because everywhere the opposite is being reported. Unvaccinated people are the ones that are more likely to end up in hospitals.

Also no, the science said from the beginning about the dangers of variants that would reduce the efficacy of the immunity (from vaccines or the infection) and that is why vaccination should have progressed more, to avoid it.

Interesting that the article doesn't mention the vaccination rate

Why is that? it mentions the reason the experts have postulated for the increase of cases, and the percentage of people unvaccinated is enough to keep hospitals full of patients, I mean, 10 million people remain unvaccinated. There is no mystery, abandoning completely social distancing measures and events where huge number of people congregate are enough to promote infections.

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated are ending up in the hospital, it's clearly stated.

you have to be vaccinated to have a “breakthrough case”, no?

Breakthrough infections also refer to people that were infected before the infection breaks out from immunity not from the vaccine only. Also, even if you had one vaccinated hospitalization for every 9 unvaccinated ones it would be expressed like that, so you can't just assume both are doing it in the same degree, specially since it has been reported everywhere else that unvaccinated people represent a much higher percentage of the cases.

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The point is that Japan will be watching their near neighbor South Korea very closely, and vice versa, as always. Compared to Korea, Japan is 'successful', but this very success means further continued isolation from the world.

No mention of North Korea though, which has not hahahaha... uh.. had a single case of WURS so far.

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Clean up and close. What a surprise.

Slow clap again.

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