每日英語跟讀 Ep.859: About SKorea - S.Korea beefing up equipment for second wave of COVID-19
Korean health authorities said Thursday they were beefing up medical equipment against a potential massive coronavirus outbreak, saying the country could face another round worse than the initial outbreak in Daegu.
"Right now we have no shortage of ecmo（extracorporeal membrane oxygenation）devices and quarantine beds," Yoon Tae-ho, a senior Health Ministry official, said. "But we’re preparing for the possibility of a bigger outbreak."
Health authorities said they are aiming to begin clinical trials of plasma therapy using captured plasma from virus survivors in July, though the treatment has yet to demonstrate concrete effectiveness. They added there have been three domestic cases of the treatments.
From Itaewon to Hongdae, coronavirus spread through karaoke rooms 從梨泰院到弘大 冠狀病毒透過卡拉OK包廂擴散
Karaoke rooms emerged as a route of secondary and tertiary transmissions of COVID-19. Health authorities have identified a link between recent five infections at the university district of Hongdae, western Seoul, and cases linked to nightclubs and bars in Itaewon － the same karaoke room.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, chief of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, dismissed the possibility of spreading the virus through the ventilation system, adding the virus could have spread through droplets in the air produced by singing.
"There is a possibility that the virus was transmitted through contacts in common areas, such as toilets and resting rooms," she said at a briefing Friday. "We see the chance of transmission as being higher through sharing the same space and time than through the ventilation system."
Source article:https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1368543 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1373284