September 07, 2021 13:26
President Moon Jae-in has hinted at an experiment in living with coronavirus as daily infections remain in the low thousands despite protracted lockdowns.
"If the COVID-19 situation is alleviated and the vaccination rate rises, we will be able to explore a gradual transition to a new virus control which continues to combat the spread of the virus while leading a normal everyday life," he told officials at Cheong Wa Dae Monday.
"It has been inevitable for the government to extend lockdown, but we are determined to return to normal life as soon as possible," he added.
Since Monday, private gatherings of up to six people have been permitted in the capital region, and more rules are expected to be eased for the fully vaccinated.
Six out of 10 people in a recent poll supported an experiment in living with coronavirus.
The straw poll of 500 adults by Realmeter last week found that 58.5 percent want the experiment to start as soon as possible, while only 34.3 percent are against.
The daily tally of new infections stood at 1,597 as of Tuesday morning.
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