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South Korea to maintain current distancing rules for another 2 weeks: PM


South Korea has decided to maintain the current social distancing rules for two weeks from Monday.

“Considering risk factors for quarantine, such as the stronger spread of coronavirus after the Chuseok holiday, and the two holidays starting this weekend, the government has decided to maintain the current distancing stage for the next two weeks,” Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said on Friday.

“The limit on the number of people at private gatherings will be the same as now.”

Accordingly, the Level 4 social distancing rules in greater Seoul area and the Level 3 in other regions will remain the same.

Kim said that the limit on the number of people allowed at a private meeting (up to six) will not be changed during this period.

However, some of the standards will be adjusted for weddings, first birthday parties and outdoor sports facilities, which many people are complaining of, he said.

Further information will be released in detail through the Central Disaster Management Headquarters on the day.

As of Thursday midnight, the number of new confirmed cases had increased by 2,486 in the previous 24 hours, resulting in a cumulative 313,773 people. Among them, 2,451 cases were locally transmitted.

By Shin Ji-hye/The Korea Herald

Published : October 01, 2021