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Korea seeks to strike a balance between epidemic prevention and ensuring livelihoods

People wear masks to prevent COVID-19 infection in Seoul, Korea. Photo: THX / TTXVN

Starting on February 15, the social gap will be lowered to level 2 – the third highest in a five-tier system – in the Seoul and surrounding areas, according to health authorities. degree 1.5 for other areas.

Restrictions on restaurants, cafes, gyms, and other public facilities in the Seoul metropolitan area have also been eased, thereby allowing them to operate for an extra hour. to 22 o’clock daily). Recreation facilities across the country will also be allowed to operate for up to 22 hours provided that disease prevention regulations are followed, such as wearing a mask and keeping distance.

However, the government still decided to keep the ban on gatherings of 5 or more people, even though this does not apply to family members.

Speaking at a meeting on the morning of February 13, South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun affirmed: “This is a decision that we have made on the basis of still complying with the principles of epidemic prevention but taking into consideration living activities. of people. We also decided to reduce operational restrictions on small businesses and other businesses that have cooperated, making efforts to fight the epidemic despite great difficulties. ”At the same time, he also emphasized. It is difficult to find the optimal balance between disease fighting and ensuring people’s livelihoods.

However, the head of government still warned of the risk of a strong epidemic outbreak if the people were subjective and then the level of social gap would be raised.

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