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South Korea eases COVID-19 curbs, to announce vaccine plan
« en: Febrero 15, 2021, 09:48:46 am »
South Korea eases COVID-19 curbs, to announce
vaccine plan

South Korea eased some of its strictest social distancing rules for businesses on Monday (Feb 15), but kept
limits on private gatherings as authorities prepared to unveil plans for the roll out of the first coronavirus
vaccines later this month.

The decision comes after a subdued Lunar New Year holiday last week. Daily coronavirus infections rebounded
to above 400 ahead of the break, but have dropped since then with the Korea Disease Control and Prevention
Agency (KDCA) reporting 344 new infections as of midnight on Sunday.

The country is planning to start its vaccination programme from Feb 26, details of which are due to be
announced by the head of the KDCA later in the day. Healthcare workers and older residents will be among
the first to be vaccinated.

Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol, however, urged caution as infection clusters continue to plague the densely
populated capital of Seoul and neighbouring areas.

"There is always a concern of transmission from movements during the Lunar New Year holiday," he told
a government meeting. "But if we lower our guards amid easier social distancing measures, infections will
rise again."

Nearly 80 per cent of the new cases reported over the holiday were in the Seoul area, highlighting
the continued threat, he added.

Some restrictions have been eased in the greater Seoul area, effective on Monday.

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