'No Delay' in Return to Normal, Gov't Says

      October 22, 2021 12:49

      The government on Thursday pledged there will be no delay to the planned phased return to normal even if cases of coronavirus increase as winter sets in.

      "Under these circumstances, we can no longer delay a return to normal because there are too many costs to society," Son Young-rae of the Health and Welfare Ministry said in a radio interview. "We're resolved to respond to another possible surge of coronavirus in case we ease lockdown rules."

      He said that the ministry will fix a schedule either this week or early next week after taking infection, vaccination and hospitalization rates into consideration.

      People wait in line to get tested for coronavirus in Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis

      Health and Welfare Minister Kwon Deok-cheol already confirmed in a National Assembly session a day earlier that the phased return to normal will start on Nov. 1.

      But some high-school seniors and their parents worry that the hasty measure would bring the rapid surge of infections just ahead of the nationwide university entrance exam slated for Nov. 18, ruining one of the biggest days of their life.

      Meanwhile, anybody who missed their second coronavirus jab can now visit a nearby clinic or hospital to get the shot without having to reschedule earlier bookings.

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