As the epidemic continues to decline, it will be announced on Friday (17th) whether the government will maintain or remove the quarantine obligation for confirmed patients.

Although he is still cautious about lifting the quarantine, he said that he would consider a plan to support him so that he can rest if he is sick even if he is released from duty.

This is reporter Hyung-woo Jeon.


There were 3,828 new confirmed cases of Corona, a decrease of more than 1,100 compared to a week ago.

The number of severe cases was below 100 on the second day, and the death toll was 17.

Although the size of the epidemic continues to decrease, it is unclear whether the quarantine obligation for confirmed cases will be lifted, which will be announced on the 17th.

The government said, "We are considering various measures," including the opinion to reduce the quarantine period from 7 days to 5 days.

However, there is a prevailing opinion that caution should be exercised in a full release.

KCDC Director Baek Kyung-ran said, "If the quarantine obligation is lifted, the epidemic will inevitably increase."

There are still many experts who say it is premature.

[Kim Dong-hyun / Dean of the Graduate School of Health Sciences, Hallym University: There is a risk of transmission, so we are isolating for 7 days.

Wouldn't it be better to maintain the quarantine of the confirmed person in a situation of uncertainty.]

To lower the quarantine duty to 'recommended', guidelines are needed to prevent the spread of the confirmed person themselves.

[Kim Yun/Professor of Medical Management Department, Seoul National University: It seems desirable in the long run to go in a direction that recommends voluntary isolation and parallel system such as paid sick leave for small business owners, self-employed and platform workers.

] There is also the burden of whether or not the company has to keep an eye on it.

[Small business employee: I thought it would be natural to come to the company even if I got Corona.

It feels a little burdensome for the quarantine to be lifted at all.] The

government emphasized that along with the lifting of the quarantine obligation, we will review institutional and cultural measures that allow people to rest when they are sick.

(Video editing: Eunjin Choi)