South Korea’s new daily Covid-19 cases topped for the first time amid an Omicron outbreak, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said moment, though deaths have remained fairly low in the largely vaccinated country.
Authorities blazoned moment they would slightly ease a curfew on businesses from 9 pm to 10 pm, but retain other measures similar as a six-person cap on private gatherings, a seven-day quarantine for foreign arrivals, mask authorizations in public spaces, and vaccine passes for a range of businesses.
The measures would be in place until at least March 13, officers said, after the March 9 presidential election.
As cases have surged, South Korea has scaled back the tracking, tracing, and quarantining strategy that helped it keep before swells in check.
Now people with many or no symptoms are being treated at home rather than health facilities, and only people in precedence groups get immediate access to free PCR tests.
Others must first take a rapid-fire antigen test for a faster original opinion.
Some experts read diurnal cases could still double or triple, but authorities say so far serious cases have remained manageable, and deaths fairly low.
More than 58 per cent of the country’s 52 million population has received vaccine booster shots. Overall more than 44 million people, accounting for 86.2 per cent of the population, are fully vaccinated.