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S. Korea sets November as goal for start of 'With Corona' Updated: 2021-10-01 17:01:55 KST

After mulling over when to make the transition, South Korea has set November as its goal for the so-called "With Corona," or a gradual return to normal life.
At a briefing on Friday, health authorities urged the public to continue getting vaccinated and to adhere to health protocols.

"If we can expand vaccinations and prevent the virus from spreading among those unvaccinated for the next two weeks, we can transition to a new quarantine system in November."

Officials also plan on widely expanding the scope for people with mild or no symptoms to be able to recover from COVID-19 at-home.
They'll have to apply first and be reviewed by doctors while in hospital before being allowed to do so.
At-home recovery requires 10 days of self-isolation and monitoring through a mobile app.
This comes as the South Korean government extends its current level of social distancing guidelines nationwide for another two weeks.
That means level four for the capital region and level three for the rest of the country until the seventeenth of October.
Bans on private gatherings remain the same but a few exceptions have been made for special occasions.
Starting next week, weddings in areas under levels three and four that are serving food can allow up to 99 people in attendance if 50 of them are fully vaccinated.
Without food, the limit goes up to 199 people max if 100 people are fully vaccinated.
To a lesser extent, restrictions have also been eased for first birthday parties with up to 49 people allowed but only if those added are fully vaccinated.
As for outdoor sports facilities, the government will allow gatherings among the minimum number of people needed for a sports match, as long as the extras are all fully vaccinated.
Currently, just more than half of the nation's population has completed the vaccination process.
Meanwhile, the country reported another 2,486 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
All but 35 were locally transmitted with the capital area accounting for over 76 percent.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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