South Korea plans to lift Covid-19 restrictions in early 2022

South Korea plans to lift Covid-19 restrictions in early 2022

The government of South Korea (South Korea) launched a strategy to return to normal from the corona virus. South Korea plans all restrictions on gatherings and social distancing to be lifted by February 2022.

Ummatimes - Reporting from Euronews on Wednesday (27/10), the scheme starts next Monday and will run until February 20, when all restrictions will be removed except for the obligation to wear masks. The South Korean region has largely managed to manage the pandemic without lockdown largely through testing, tracing, social distancing and wearing masks.
 
In the first phase of the plan, all restrictions on operating hours at restaurants, cafes and other businesses will be removed, although nightclubs will still have to close at midnight. Visitors to high-risk places, such as indoor gyms, saunas and karaoke bars should be fully vaccinated.


Whereas private gatherings in the capital, Seoul and surrounding areas can include up to 10 people regardless of vaccination status. Currently, gatherings of up to eight people are allowed if a group includes four fully vaccinated people.
 
South Korean authorities will focus on weekly hospitalizations and death rates rather than on daily new COVID-19 cases. Then people with mild symptoms will be allowed to care for themselves at home.
 
South Korea's latest wave of infections has brought far fewer serious infections than previous outbreaks, with many older and more susceptible people now vaccinated. South Korea was listed as one of the first countries to record cases of the coronavirus after it emerged in China in late 2019. Since then, South Korea has recorded 353,089 infections, with 2,773 deaths.