The South Korean government announced on Friday the withdrawal of mask use in all interior spaces from January 30thus removing his last constraint against the pandemic as the cases of COVID-19 they continue to descend.
“The government will discuss and confirm the plan to ease the indoor mask mandate from January 30, with the exception of some facilities,” South Korean Prime Minister said Friday. Han Duck-sooin statements collected by the local news agency yonhap.
Despite the general withdrawal of the use of the mask indoors, The mask will continue to be mandatory in hospitals, pharmacies and public transport.
The South Korean Executive had already considered approving this measure if two of the four standards established by it were met, which are the number of deaths and serious cases of covid daily, the stability in the number of new infections, the hospital capacity and the immunity level of the risk groups.
The prime minister also called on local authorities to remain alert to a temporary increase in infections after the holidays Lunar New Year and called on the older population to get vaccinated.
“The importance of vaccination has increased with the relaxation of this regulation. I strongly recommend people at high risk, 60 years and older, and the elderly residing in nursing facilities to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Han said.
Seoul had considered making masks mandatory indoors after some municipalities expressed their intention to remove this requirement due to the fact that the South Korean population seems to have developed enough immunity herd to the virus.
South Korea, which continues to count daily COVID-19 infections, is reporting these days between 40,000 and 30,000 daily cases.
The Asian country, with 51 million inhabitants, has a total 29.9 million infections since the beginning of the pandemic and a little more than 33,000 deaths due to the virus, with a mortality rate of 0.1%.
Given the relief of anti-covid measures in China and in view of the resurgence of the virus in that country, the South Korean government will demand negative tests to travelers from the Asian giant and will restrict the issuance of short-stay visas.
Every person coming from China must undergo a PCR test at least 48 hours before flying or to a antigen test in the 24 hours prior to the trip and you will not be able to board unless the result is negativeas explained in a statement by the Korea Agency for the Control and Prevention of Communicable Diseases
In addition, passengers traveling from China will have to undergo another PCR within 24 hours of landing on South Korea and save one seven-day quarantine in case of testing positive.
Travelers moving from the neighboring country will also be required to fill out a electronic travel form to be allowed to enter.
As for flights between China and South Korea, we also new routes and frequencies will be frozen for now and all flights originating in the neighboring country must land in the incheon international airportwhich serves seoulin order to centralize all quarantine mechanisms.
(With information from EFE)
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