South Korea to ease social-distancing rules

SEOUL (XINHUA) – South Korea yesterday decided to lower its three-tier social-distancing guidelines to the lowest level as the daily COVID-19 cases stayed relatively low in recent days, according to local media reports.

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a meeting to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic that the virus spread has recently been contained given that the daily average number of COVID-19 cases hovered below 60 for the past two weeks.

Chung said the government decided to lower the social-distancing guidelines to Level One as the prolonged tightening of quarantine measures had a negative effect on the economy as well as people who may have a sense of fatigue.

The Prime Minister, however, noted that the government will make “precision” quarantine efforts at crowded facilities by keeping in place necessary measures of the Level Two social-distancing campaign in the Seoul metropolitan area.