Other Korean companies
Aside from Kakao Corp., other Korean companies encouraged their respective employees to test themselves before returning to work. Energy group SK Innovation handed out at-home test kits ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays. They asked their employees to test themselves and even recommended working from home.
Battery-maker LG Energy Solution also handed out at-home test kits before allowing employees to return to work. The Ministry of Health and Welfare as well as some government agencies took similar precautions.
South Korea COVID numbers
There have been 907,214 South Korea COVID cases reported with 6,812 deaths. The recoveries have reached 637,160. As of February 3, 22,904 new positive cases have been reported with 25 new deaths. These numbers are in line with the global spike in positive COVID cases that the Omicron variant has caused.
One hundred fourteen million (114M) vaccine doses have been given in South Korea with 44 million people fully vaccinated. A very high 85% of their population is now fully vaccinated.
The fatality rate of the Omicron variant in South Korea is 0.15%. That is about one-fifth of the 0.7% of the Delta variant, noted health ministry official Son Young-rae. “The number of confirmed cases is increasing rapidly due to the Omicron spread, but the medical system remains in a stable situation,” Son said.
Several South Korean companies are asking their employees to test themselves before returning from work. Many Koreans went on a holiday and traveled during the recent Lunar New Year celebrations. Kakao Corp. and other companies are taking measures to protect themselves and their employees. Some companies are enforcing a two-week break while others are distributing self-test kits before employees are allowed back at work. The Omicron variant is keeping South Korea COVID cases high, although most of the population is already fully vaccinated.
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