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S. Korea reports 1,952 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday; 'Vaccine passes' implemented from next week Updated: 2021-10-27 17:05:00 KST

Starting November first, people will need to show their "vaccine pass" to enter facilities with a relatively high risk of infection,.. such as bars, nightclubs, and fitness centers.
The new measure has sparked controversy, as to some, it is seen as discrimination against those who are unvaccinated.
However, authorities remain firm on their decision to implement the pass.

"We are trying to control even the smallest risk through proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test, so the implementation of this system is absolutely necessary."

People have also complained that it is unfair to require "vaccine passes" when visiting the fitness center, when they are not required for restaurants and cafes.
But authorities explained passes will not be necessary in those places as people need to have meals.

This comes as South Korea reported 1-thousand 9-hundred 52 new cases on Wednesday.
This is a jump of almost 7-hundred cases from Tuesday,.. and around 3-hundred 80 cases from the same day last week.
The increase comes as people are seemingly increasing their activities ahead of the relaxation of measures.

“We believe the easing of many rules regarding prevention and social gatherings that we started implementing last week will be one factor. Another factor that could come into play is the increase in movement and activities fueled by growing anticipation of a return to normal.”

Health authorities are also bracing for an uptick in cases over the upcoming Halloween weekend.
They will be carrying out intensive on-site inspections where people are likely to gather to celebrate the festival.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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