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South Korea expands rules of social distance as the number of cases of Omicron surges

South Korea extended Covid-19’s social distance rules for another two weeks on Friday. This was due to a surge in Omicron subspecies infections, including a curfew in restaurants and a six-person limit for personal gatherings.

Regulations were scheduled to end on Sunday, but Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom needs an extension to slow the spread of Omicron, fearing that the Lunar New Year holidays that ended on Wednesday could contribute to the infection. Said.

“Slowing down the pace of Omicron’s spread, which is heading to its peak every day, is a priority in this difficult situation,” he said in a televised government response meeting.

In the last two weeks, new cases have tripled daily, but in countries with high vaccination rates, deaths and serious infections remain relatively low.

South Korea reported a record daily increase in 27,443 new Covid-19 cases and caused 24 new deaths, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Friday.

Almost 86% of the country’s 52 million population is fully vaccinated and 53.8% are boosted.

To address the surge in incidents, the government will allow only priority groups to perform polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and other groups to undergo rapid antigen testing in the clinic for a faster initial diagnosis. We have developed an inspection system.

It also reduced the forced quarantine time for vaccinated people who tested positive from 10 days to a week, allowing them to treat people with few or no symptoms at home.

In South Korea as a whole, 934,656 Covid-19 cases and 6,836 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/709260/S-Korea-extends-social-distancing-rules-as-Omicron South Korea expands rules of social distance as the number of cases of Omicron surges

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