South Korea has revised its social distancing guidelines, relaxing several virus prevention measures.
This means that from July, the current ban on private gatherings of five or more will be relaxed.
For the details on the updated guidelines, we have our Han Seong-woo on the line for us.
Seong-woo, tell us more.
It’s a sign that South Korea is slowly returning to normal, Mok-yeon.
Starting July first, the country will allow private gatherings of up to six people in Seoul and the surrounding area.
This will be raised to eight people after a two-week trial period.
It’s all in line with the new social distancing plan revealed on Sunday, which simplifies the current five-tier scheme into a four-tier one.
The new rules will allow nightclubs and other adult entertainment facilities in the greater Seoul area, expected to be placed at level two, to resume operations.
Restaurants, cafes and singing rooms under level two can operate for two hours longer, until midnight.
The rest of the country will be placed under level one, meaning there will be no bans on gatherings or business restrictions starting in July.
Also, the eased social distancing plan will allow all students to learn in-person at school from the second semester under levels one and two though some schools in certain regions could still have attendance caps.
Seong-woo, let’s now shift to the daily infection tally. We’ve been seeing numbers steadily decrease into the four hundred range lately as more people get vaccinated. Has it gone down today as well?
Yes, it’s now fallen into the three hundred range but this is probably due to fewer tests conducted over the weekend.
With cluster infections still popping up nationwide, South Korea reported 357 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
All but 40 of Monday’s cases were transmitted locally, with Seoul and the surrounding area accounting for 222.
Two more have died, raising the death toll to two,four.
As for the vaccination campaign, some 15-million-14-thousand people, or about 29.2 percent of the population, have received their first doses.
Authorities will focus on giving out second doses for the remainder of June but with the Moderna rollout having begun recently and more people receiving leftover vaccines, the country could reach the 30 percent mark by the end of the month.
That’s all I have for now Mok-yeon.
Back to you.