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South Korea launches panel to debate ‘residing with COVID-19’


SEOUL, Oct 13 (Reuters) – South Korea established a panel on Wednesday to debate a method on how to “live with COVID-19” within the long-term, because the nation seeks to section out coronavirus restrictions and reopen the economic system amid rising vaccination ranges.

Under the technique, the federal government goals to calm down coronavirus restrictions for residents who can show they’ve been absolutely vaccinated, whereas encouraging asymptomatic and gentle COVID-19 sufferers aged under 70 to get well at house, the well being ministry mentioned final week.

The authorities may also give attention to the variety of hospitalisations and deaths fairly than new every day infections, and can think about not publishing the latter every day, Yonhap news company has reported.

“We will turn COVID-19 into a controlled infectious disease and no longer a fear of the unknown, and return a complete routine to the citizens,” Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum informed the panel’s first committee assembly on Wednesday, including that obligatory mask-wearing wouldn’t be instantly scrapped underneath the brand new coverage.

South Korea by no means imposed a full lockdown however has been underneath its tightest social distancing curbs since July.

These embody restricted working hours for eating places, cafes, saunas and indoor gyms – which have hit the self-employed and small companies notably laborious – and a cap on gatherings of greater than two individuals after 6 p.m. (0900 GMT) in and round Seoul.

The new technique comes as vaccination, initially slowed down by a provide scarcity, has picked up tempo. The nation has given a minimum of one COVID-19 vaccine dose to 78.1% of its inhabitants, whereas 60.7% are absolutely vaccinated.

In September, the federal government introduced plans to expedite a phased return to normalcy beginning November when 70% of its 52 million persons are anticipated to have been absolutely inoculated. learn extra

South Korea has saved hospitalisation and deaths at a reasonably low fee. It had 359 extreme instances and a mortality fee 0.78% as of Tuesday, official knowledge confirmed.

The nation reported 1,584 new COVID-19 instances on Tuesday. It has recorded a complete of 335,742 infections and a couple of,605 deaths.

Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa

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