Fri 15-04-2022 11:10 AM
SEOUL, 15th April, 2022 (WAM) — South Korea will fully lift the seven-day mandatory quarantine for COVID-19 patients starting in late May, Yonhap News Agency quoted the public health agency as saying on Friday.
The government will also lower the COVID-19 infectious disease level by one notch to the second-highest level out of the four-tier system, allowing patients to receive treatment at local clinics and hospitals like an endemic disease, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.
The KDCA unveiled the “post-omicron” road map as South Korea prepares to return to normalcy amid a waning virus wave, with the daily infections marking a modest decline.
Earlier in the day, the government announced it will lift all COVID-19 social distancing rules, except the mask mandate, starting next week, in the first big step toward post-pandemic days since the outbreak of the novel virus two years ago.
On Friday, South Korea reported 125,846 new COVID-19 infections, including 14 cases from overseas, bringing the total caseload to 16,104,869, the KDCA said.
The death toll from COVID-19 came to 20,616, up 264 from Thursday. The fatality rate stood at 0.13 percent.
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