Covid-19: South Korea to extend resrictions amid Omicron surge

Approximately 91 percent of South Koreans aged 12 upwards have completed all of their vaccinations

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In response to a continuous rise in significant coronavirus cases and concerns about the spread of the extremely infectious Omicron variant, South Korea announced today (Dec 31) that it will impose tougher social distancing regulations for two weeks.

The government enforced the restriction on December 18, six weeks after lessening them under the “living with Covid-19” program, as the country’s medical system was overwhelmed by record-breaking growth in the number of infections and severe cases.

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said the extension is also targeted at bracing for maybe another spread of Omicron cases while using the extra time to prepare additional hospital beds and stimulate a booster vaccine vaccination campaign.

In south korea, the regulations, which are in operation until January 16, restrict groups of more than four fully vaccinated individuals from gathering, and mandate eateries, cafes, and nightclubs to close by 9 p.m, while cinemas and Internet cafes to cease operation by 10 p.m.

Approximately 91 percent of South Koreans aged 12 upwards have completed all of their vaccinations.

The total number of infections is 630,838, with 894 Omicron cases and 5,563 deaths, according to the agency.

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