SEOUL, October 13 (Hfrance.fr) - South Korea on Wednesday established a panel to discuss a strategy on how to "live with COVID-19 " in the long term , as the country seeks to phase out restrictions on coronaviruses and reopen the economyomie amid rising immunization levels.
As part of the strategy, the government aims to ease restrictions on coronaviruses for citizens who can prove they have been fully vaccinated, while encouraging asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 patients under the age of 70 to recover at home, the health ministry said last week.
The government will also focus on the number of hospitalizations and deaths rather than new daily infections, and will consider not publishing these daily, a Yonhap news agency 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 said on Wednesday at the first meetingon from the panel committee, adding that the mandatory wearing of masks would not immediately be removed under the new policy.
South Korea does not never imposed a full lockdown but was subjected to its strictest social distancing s since July.
These include hours Limited opening hours for restaurants, cafes, saunas and indoor gyms - which have hit independents and small businesses particularly hard - and a cap on gatherings of more than two people after 6 p.m. (09:00 GMT) in and around Seoul.
The new strategy comes as vaccination, initially blocked by a shortage of supplies, has accelerated. The country has administered at leasta dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 78.1% of its population, while 60.7% are fully vaccinated.
I n September, the government announced its intention to speed up a return to normality from November, when 70% of its 52 million inhabitants should have been fully immunized. learn more
South Korea has kept hospitalizations and deaths at a fairly low rate. There were 359 severe cases and a death rate of 0.78% on Tuesday, according to official data.
The country has reported 1,584 new cases of COVID -19 Tuesday. It recorded a total of 335,742 infections and 2,605 deaths. Sangmi Cha report; Edited by Ana Nicolaci da Costa
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