Covid-19, Elderly in South Korea Happy to Get Relaxed Rules

UMMATIMES - A number of elderly people in the capital city of Seoul, South Korea on Thursday, June 17, 2021, seem to enjoy aqua aerobics, a kind of exercise in a swimming pool. The elderly were able to return to exercise after the local government reopened public swimming pools following the implementation of mass immunization against the corona virus vaccine.

Park Jong-seon, 90, an elderly person suffering from blood cancer, seemed very enthusiastic about swimming with 10 other elderly colleagues. Park is looking forward to the opportunity to return to the pool as sports in the water can relax her joints.

“I am now free to leave the house and no longer confined to the house all day. It felt like I was coming back to life," Park said.

Because Park has received the corona virus vaccine, he has the right to enjoy relaxation by exercising in the swimming pool for up to 50 minutes. However, the place where Park is exercising has only focused on accepting the elderly because immunization against the corona virus vaccine in the Ginseng Country has only focused on the elderly group.

According to the mayor of Jung-gu district, Seo Yang-ho, his office has allowed public swimming pools to operate again, and has even offered free meals at the elderly care center as an incentive for those who have received the coronavirus vaccine.

South Korea has relaxed a ban that used to be imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. This week, concerts and sporting events are allowed. The use of masks is also no longer an obligation when outdoors for those who have received at least the first dose of the corona virus vaccine. In July, all travelers who have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine will no longer be required to self-quarantine.

South Korea on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, said it had mass immunized more than 25 percent of the country's population. At least they have got the first dose of the corona virus vaccine. Seoul targets 70 percent of South Koreans to be immunized against the coronavirus vaccine by September 2021.