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70% of S. Koreans agree with COVID-19 exit plan if daily caseloads fall drastically Updated: 2021-09-08 07:46:16 KST

There are growing calls among South Koreans, for an exit strategy from COVID-19.

According to the latest survey by health authorities, some 73 percent of respondents agreed to the country shifting towards "coexisting with the virus".
More than the majority said "late November" would be the right time, when 70 percent of the population will have had their second doses.

However, it turns out, there's another thing to consider the number of daily infections.
The survey asked about the minimum number required for returning to normalcy, and "fewer than 100 cases daily" was the most answered at 42 percent.

The level of infection has not been a critical factor guiding similar moves in other countries like the UK, which continues to see a surge in cases.
But the survey shows that IT WILL BE,.. in South Korea.

"This shows that people here have different perceptions of returning to normalcy compared to in the UK and the U.S. This is something we should really take into consideration when actually come up with the measures."

Despite being cautious, the government is aiming to make the transition EARLIER than its initial target of November.
According to KDCA chief Jeong Eun-kyeong, during a parliamentary meeting on Tuesday, an exit plan could be adopted in late October, after fully vaccinating 80 percent of the adult population and 90 percent of senior citizens.
The announcement comes as vaccinations are rapidly picking up pace, with more than 1.3 million people first and second round recipients combined receiving their shots on Monday alone the most in a single day so far.
Vaccine supply won't be a problem either, with some 5.8 million doses of Moderna and Pfizer set to arrive by Wednesday.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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