In a phase called “everyday life quarantine”, the country is preparing to ease social distancing rules and reopen schools and facilities including gyms, nightclubs, museums, and places of worship.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported three additional imported cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 10,804.
Vice health minister Kim Gang-lip said, “Transitioning into everyday social distancing measures does not mean we will be going back to pre-COVID-19 days. However, we are making new norms and a new culture. It is about guaranteeing social and economic activities while individuals and society as a whole become responsible agents of this infection and quarantine.”
South Korea was the first country after China to see widespread local transmission of the coronavirus.