South Korea to remove almost all Covid-19 restrictions, including quarantine

Seoul, May 11 (EFE).- South Korea’s president announced Thursday that the country would lower the national alert level related to Covid-19 and eliminate practically all existing restrictions, including mandatory quarantine.

During a high-level meeting held Thursday, Yoon Suk-yeol announced the national alert level for Covid-19 would be lowered from “serious” to “alert,” from Jun. 1, meaning a seven-day quarantine when contracting the disease will stop being mandatory.

As of that date, authorities would simply recommend isolation for five days if they test positive for the presence of the virus.

Similarly, the use of a mask, currently mandatory in pharmacies or medical centers, would become mandatory only in hospitals where there are admitted patients.

South Korean authorities would also remove from Jun. 1 the current recommendation for travelers to undergo a PCR test three days after landing in the country.

The South Korean announcement comes a few days after the World Health Organization declared the end of the global health emergency caused by Covid-19.

South Korea has exhibited a rapid and effective health response since the beginning of the pandemic that combined large-scale testing, contact investigation, and treatment protocols that prevented hospital saturation.

The country, which has just over 51 million inhabitants, has registered just over 31 million infections and 34,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, and is currently detecting about 20,000 new cases daily. EFE


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