Korea to tighten quarantine inspections at major airports due to virus resurgence

The departure hall of Gimpo International Airport in Seoul bustles with passengers, July 15. Yonhap


Interior Minister Lee Sang-min said on Friday that the government will step up quarantine inspections at major airports as the number of tourists is expected to skyrocket as the virus revives during the summer vacation season.

To strengthen quarantine inspection, about 200 quarantine workers will be phased in to fight the virus at Incheon International Airport, the first gateway to the country, and seven other regional airports. Said at a government meeting.

“The government will create a safe tourism environment as travel demand is expected to surge due to the normalization of international flights and the peak of summer vacation,” Lee said.

Separately, according to the Minister, the government will send about 2,500 workers to major tourist destinations across the country to ensure compliance with anti-virus rules and hygiene standards.

Powered by a highly contagious mutation in the Omicron strain, BA.5, the country is facing a new resurgence of the virus.
One day ago, the government decided to extend the eligibility of the fourth COVID-19 vaccine to people over the age of 50 and people over the age of 18 with underlying illnesses. Previously, the fourth dose was suitable for people over the age of 60 or with an immune disorder.

According to the government, reservations for a new round of vaccination will begin on Monday and vaccination will be available from August 1. The average daily number of new coronavirus cases reached 29,865 in the week leading up to Friday, almost doubling the previous week. (Yonhap News Agency)


Credit/Source : https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2022/07/119_332785.html

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