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S. Korea to lift all outdoor mask mandates... 29,108 new COVID-19 cases reported on Friday Updated: 2022-09-23 17:30:56 KST

As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to come down, South Korea has decided to completely do away with the rules on wearing masks outdoors, including those for sports events, concerts and other large gatherings.
The changes takes effect next Monday.
The outdoor mask rule for individuals was lifted in May, but was kept in place for gatherings of over fifty people.
As for masks indoors, those rules will remain in place for the time being.
The KDCA also reported that 97 percent of South Korea's population has antibodies for COVID-19, based on a sample of 10-thousand people.
The health authorities found that over 57 percent of the population acquired antibodies through natural infection.
This means that a considerable number of people have recovered from the virus without reporting that they were infected.
On Friday, new cases came to about 29 thousand.
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