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From now on, let's take a look at the corona news.

As of 9 pm yesterday (8th), the number of new confirmed cases has already exceeded 40,000, and today it is expected to be around 50,000.

The government has decided to reduce the quarantine period for confirmed patients to 7 days and to conduct the fourth vaccination for high-risk groups.



Correspondent Kim Hye-min.



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From 00:00 to 9pm yesterday, a total of 4944 people tested positive for COVID-19 across the country.



This is the highest record since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Korea.



At 11 o'clock last night, it is known that there were close to 50,000 new confirmed cases nationwide, and the number of new confirmed cases to be announced today is expected to exceed at least 40,000, and at most, 50,000.



The number of at-home care patients is exploding, creating management problems everywhere.



[Mr. Kim / Home Therapist: I kept making calls (to public health centers or hospitals) from morning to 3 pm (to the public health center or hospital), and in the meantime (until it was connected), I think I made 20 calls and my husband also made 20 to 30 calls. .]



The government has decided to announce the 4th vaccination plan on the 14th.



Vaccination is expected to start at the end of this month for high-risk groups 4 months after the third vaccination.



[Jung Eun-kyung/Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Immunity is low like the immunocompromised group and nursing facilities, but I am actively reviewing the 4th vaccination for the two groups living in the group.]



From today, the quarantine standards for confirmed cases and close contacts are further simplified.



A confirmed person will be released from quarantine after 7 days from the test date, regardless of symptoms or inoculation.



Close contacts will self-quarantine only those who live with them who have not been vaccinated and those who have been in close contact in facilities vulnerable to infection, such as nursing homes and facilities for the disabled.

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