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S Korea enforces new virus response measure as infections jump 50%

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began enforcing new COVID-19 response measures, including reduced quarantine periods 

It is always funny to read enforcing new Covid-19 response measures and then reduced quarantine periods.

Instead enforcing new measures, should the media not better say they ease the measures?

Enforcing new response measures sounds to me that they make the measures more strict.

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“We want to avoid the experience of foreign countries, where hospital systems collapsed or overwhelmed and led to damages in the treatment of non-COVID-19 patients.”

In which country has this happened due to the omicron wave? Wasn’t SA or UK. Nowhere seems to have the pictures of overflowing ICUs etc like earlier in the pandemic. Some countries experiencing seem staffing shortage problems from staff staying home with mild or no symptoms or just being close contacts, with no symptoms not even tested. Cutting back the quarantine period seems to help in solving this as they are doing too. (Maybe Japan should consider this , still at 14 or maybe down to 10 in some cases)

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More than 85% of South Korea’s more than 51 million people have been fully vaccinated and more than 50% of the population have received booster shots.

They are at 50% for rapid boosters but it does not seem to make a dent in the rapid spread or increasing cases. Same results in Israel and Gibraltar with the highest rates of vaccinations Meanwhile one doesn’t hear of much omicron problems in Africa or other countries with ver low vaccination rates. Maybe that is why Japan in no hurry for the booster shots not being given till after 7 months

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More than 85% of South Korea’s more than 51 million people have been fully vaccinated and more than 50% of the population have received booster shots.

They are at 50% for rapid boosters but it does not seem to make a dent in the rapid spread or increasing cases. Same results in Israel and Gibraltar with the highest rates of vaccinations Meanwhile one doesn’t hear of much omicron problems in Africa or other countries with very low vaccination rates. Maybe that is why Japan in no hurry for the booster shots not being given till after 7 or 8 months

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Nowhere seems to have the pictures of overflowing ICUs etc like earlier in the pandemic

Not overflowing, but if you need to take resources from routine care, the end result is the same: more suffering and death.

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South Korea also has a high vaccination rate. More than 85% of South Korea’s more than 51 million people have been fully vaccinated and more than 50% of the population have received booster shots

Every country with a high vaccination rate gets a huge spike in cases.

Meanwhile all the countries in Africa and the Middle East with very low vaccination rates are doing just fine.

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The vaccine actually preventing the transmission of COVID as was promised would have been helpful.

more vaccinated= more cases, somehow.

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more than 50% of the population have received booster shots.

According Boosters, ...look what the experts are saying... and again they contradicting themselves.

These are three different statements from some experts within this month.

You can choose by yourself which one you believe.

First article:

CAPE TOWN — Continuous coronavirus vaccine boosting is an unsustainable strategy, say experts....While the scientific evidence doesn't yet support continual boosting, there is another argument against the practice it’s unlikely to halt the global pandemic.

Second article:

World can’t boost its way out of the pandemic using existing vaccines, WHO experts say.

And...third article

Vaccines are the way out of the pandemic, regardless of whether pills are approved, experts say

Again, all statements are done within this month from different experts and they contradict themselves.

But the result for my examples seems 2:1 for the Non Boosters.

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Bronco,

any reliable statistics concerning your statement in reference to Africa and the Middle East?

Just stating something without any factual evidence doesn't convince me.

Elsewise, I think Korea is doing the "right thing".

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more than 50% of the population have received booster shots.

According Boosters, ...look what the experts are saying... and again they contradicting themselves.

These are three different statements from some experts within this month.

You can choose by yourself which one you believe.

First article:

*CAPE TOWN — Continuous coronavirus vaccine boosting is an unsustainable strategy, say experts....While the scientific evidence doesn't yet support continual boosting, there is another argument against the practice — it’s unlikely to halt the global pandemic.*

Second article:

*World can’t boost its way out of the pandemic using existing vaccines, *WHO experts say.

And...third article

*Vaccines are the way out of the pandemic, regardless of whether pills are approved, *experts say

Again, all statements are done within this month from different experts and they contradict themselves.

But the result for my examples seems 2:1 for the Non Boosters.

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MontyToday  02:50 pm JST

more than 50% of the population have received booster shots.

According Boosters, ...look what the experts are saying... and again they contradicting themselves.

These are three different statements from some experts within this month.

There are certain countries which pay people to spread lies and disinformation about the pandemic.

It's a pity the JT discussions boards have been taken over by such people,

I request all the decent people who read and comment on articles to complain to the authorities about such blatant spread of disinformation on this site.

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Cite me evidence from historical epidemics/pandemics when the best policy has been to do nothing and let the disease run rampant without any vaccinations.

Anti-vaxxers are a threat to the human race, we need medicine to combat sickness, history (and common sense) has proven that.

I don't like restrictions to my life but to do nothing is criminal.

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To the people claiming the great efficacy of boosters please provide evidence.

Korea with its high rate does not seem to be working well according to this article. Australia down to 3 months for boosters and one of highest daily case rate places in the world.

Yet the Japanese government is in no hurry to give boosters keeping it at 7 or 8 months even in the middle of a big wave ( still lower case rate than many other countries) ) which means people will only be eligible for boosters after the wave is over

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More than 85% of South Korea’s more than 51 million people have been fully vaccinated and more than 50% of the population have received booster shots.

Just to note quietly that vaccines and boosters are useless against omicron variant.So info may be complete now.

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its simple fact. the vaccination rates are the highest they have ever been.

the number of cases are also the highest they have ever been.

where is the misinformation that is claimed?

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Ulysses, friendly tip: just because you don't believe it or it doesn't conform to your worldview, that doesn't mean it's a lie. The data shows that Omicron has changed the game, and that vaccinated people are as likely to get infected as just about anyone else, and more likely than people who've already had COVID and recovered.

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