Today (11th), the number of new corona patients is expected to be in the early to mid 40,000s.

The government is reviewing measures that allow rapid antigen testing in addition to PCR testing for overseas travelers.

Reporter Yoo Seung-hyeon reports.


If you enter from overseas, you must undergo a PCR test within 24 hours.

It is free at local public health centers, but you have to pay around 100,000 won if you get it at a hospital or clinic.

[Jeong Gi-yoon / Managing Director of Hana Tour: In Korea, it is confirmed as a rapid antigen.

It was strange that foreign entrants could not do that.

(PCR test) is expensive and the procedure is complicated.]

The government is considering a plan to allow expedited antigen testing at hospitals and clinics for inbound travelers.

You can get the rapid antigen test at a hospital or clinic close to your home for only about 5,000 won.

[Lee Sang-won / Head of Epidemiological Investigation and Analysis Team, Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters: PCR test has high sensitivity and excellent results, but it is also true that (rapid antigen test) is convenient.

Therefore, taking all these advantages into consideration.]

The government is also reviewing ways to improve the current system of receiving a PCR test within 48 hours of entry and issuing a negative certificate.

The measures to recognize positive patients for rapid antigen test at hospitals and clinics have been extended again.

If the rapid antigen test is positive, the PCR test also has a positive rate of 94%, because it is relatively accurate.

After the first detection of a sub-mutation with more than 20% power than the Stealth Omicron in Korea last week, five additional cases were added, and the government strengthened monitoring.