October 14, 2021 13:02
Korea seems on track for a phased return to normal as planned now that some 60.8 percent or 31.21 million people have been fully vaccinated.
That means only another 4.73 million people have to be fully vaccinated before the 70 percent rate is achieved that has been set as the threshold for herd immunity. This could take seven or eight more days at the current rate of about 600,000 people a day.
The government is planning the phased return to normal from early November.
"We've finally reached a moment when we're cautiously preparing to return to normal after a time of hardship," Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Wednesday. "This doesn't mean we can take off our face masks immediately, but we should gradually try to balance out safety concerns and everyday life."
But the government has still not decided whether it will issue vaccine passports or what they can be used for. The first rules to be relaxed are likely to be the cap on gatherings and the curfew for restaurants and bars.
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