Japanese and Korean officials expressed on Wednesday their concerns and warnings regarding the possibility of a fourth COVID-19 wave in the light of a dramatic rise in Coronavirus infections in both countries.
The head of the Japanese Coronavirus panel of experts Shigeru Omi said that the country is “seeing” a fourth wave of the virus.
During a meeting of the Cabinet Committee of the House of Representatives, he said: “I can say that a fourth wave of infections has started in the country.” He added: “Due in part to the impact of variant strains, now is the time to flexibly take quasi-emergency measures.”
In the same context, South Korean officials revealed that the country is on the way to a new wave of the virus.
Health Minister Kwon Deok-Cheol explained: “Cluster infections have been spreading from nightspots, churches and cram schools to ordinary households, workplaces, and schools as cases with light or little symptoms have been piling up.”
She added: “We are standing at a crossroads – flattening the curve or letting in a fourth wave of infections.”
South Korea managed to give 1.24 million COVID-19 vaccine doses using AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, in addition, it has received extra 250,000 Pfizer vaccine doses for vaccinating people aged 75 and older alongside the people who suffer from medical complications, and who are kept in nursing homes.