Coronavirus: South Korea removes most restrictive measures

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South Korea today lifted almost all restrictions on COVID-19 in a major step toward returning to normalcy as the daily number of new Omicron-type infections fell to a two-month low and fell below 50,000.

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Among the measures that have been taken is the mandatory closure at midnight of restaurants and other businesses along with the maximum allowed of ten people for gatherings.

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From next week, citizens will be allowed to eat snacks in cinemas and other public indoor areas such as stadiums.

However, the use of the mask remains mandatory and the government plans to reconsider whether it will lift the measure for the use of the mask outdoors in two weeks.

The easing comes as the number of coronavirus cases in South Korea fell to 47,743 today – the lowest level since February 9 – after hitting more than 620,000 a day in mid-March.

Some restrictions, however, will remain in place, including mandatory quarantine for unvaccinated travelers entering the country and a negative molecular test for fully vaccinated.

South Korea has largely managed to reduce the number of deaths from COVID-19 and severe disease through extensive vaccination and has reduced the aggressive tracking and containment efforts due to its success in managing the pandemic to the greatest extent possible. part of the first two years of the pandemic.

Nearly 87% of the population of 52 million people are fully vaccinated with 64% having been vaccinated with a booster dose, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Service.

In addition, based on the relaxation of measures, companies are gradually returning their employees to their offices.

The government has proposed in workplaces with 300 or more employees to adopt flexible working hours and put 10% of their staff to telework.


Source: Capital

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