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New social distancing rules to come into effect in August in S. Korea Updated: 2022-05-04 17:09:58 KST

The presidential transition committee on Wednesday announced what it's calling a "100-day COVID-19 Response Roadmap Implementation Plan."
It includes details of a coronavirus response system that'll be re-established after the new administration takes office.
According to the plan, by June, a committee of experts will be formed to analyze the social distancing rules applied so far.
They'll then come up with revised guidelines that'll come into effect in August.
Then, in October, the committee will prepare for a potential resurgence in infections during winter by creating a manual of adjusted social distancing rules.
The new administration will also consider totally lifting the mask mandate for outdoors.
Although masks are currently no longer required when outdoors, they need to be worn at events with over 50 people such as street rallies, concerts, or sporting events.
At the same time, it'll consider reinforcing the mask mandate for indoors by checking to see if people are following the rules.

In order to prepare for a potential spread of infectious diseases in the future, the Yoon administration will also push for a revision to the current "Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act."
The plan is to submit a revision to National Assembly before December of next year.
But no details have been released as to what kind of changes are being considered.

Meanwhile, South Korea's COVID-19 infection rate continues to gradually decline with the country on Wednesday reporting 49,and-64 new cases.
There were 72 related deaths and four-hundred-32 in critical condition.
In terms of local infections the weekly average is below 45-thousand.
From June Jeju International Airport and Yangyang International Airport will once again allow visa-free entry for visitors from selected countries.
Previously, waivers had been stopped due to the pandemic.
Lee Shi-hoo, Arirang News
Reporter : slee@arirang.com
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