Korea will adopt “phased recovery of daily life from late October~ early November”

기사입력 : 2021-10-07 09:16

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A blueprint for ‘phased recovery of daily life,’ the Korean government’ ‘With Corona’ plan, has come out.

The Korean government is planning to gradually ease regulations from low-risk areas, but will maintain basic quarantine rules such as wearing masks. The COVID-19 test will be conducted based on patients’ vaccination status, and a medical system will be also established focusing on critically ill patients, including expanding home treatment.

The government said that the phased recovery of daily life plan can be adopted between late October and early November.

At the state audits of the National Assembly's Health and Welfare Committee on the 6th, Health and Welfare Minister Kwon Deok-cheol answered the question of the Democratic Party lawmaker Heo Jong-sik, “When will ‘With Corona’ be adopted?” saying, "It can be started when the vaccination rate is more then 70% of the population, especially 90% of the elderly and 80% of adults. We are considering the end of October and early November.”

The Ministry of Health and Welfare proposed prerequisites for phased recovery of daily life, including ▲ the vaccination rate of 80% of adults aged 18 or older and 90% of the elderly aged 60 or older, ▲control of the spread of infection within the level of medical response capabilities, and ▲ continued compliance with personal quarantine rules.

“We will prepare measures for phased recovery of daily life in consideration of the economic difficulties of the working class due to the prolonged social distancing restrictions,” said Park Min-soo, the Deputy Minister for Planning and Coordination of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. “We are going to convert the current response system, which is focusing on suppressing confirmed cases, into the treatment of critically ill patients, and will prepare a response strategy to harmonize daily life with COVID-19.”

In the case of social distancing regulations, which restrict operation of facilities based on the risk situation, the government will gradually ease from low-risk area for people who are fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated people mean those who have been 14 days after second-shot of vaccination. It needs to complete one dose for Janssen, 2 doses for other vaccines.

However, the government will maintain essential quarantine rules such as wearing masks, washing hands, and ventilation and disinfection of the facility.

The COVID-19 test will also be conducted based on risks such as vaccination status. Also, the government will reorganize epidemiological surveillance and self-quarantine methods to increase the effectiveness of quarantine responses.

The medical response system will be established focusing on critically ill patients to minimize death rate. Expansion of home treatment service will also be considered.

By Global Economic Reporter Ha-rin Lee ; translate by Gounee Yang