Korea is considering adding a six-month expiration date to its Covid-19 vaccine passes, health authorities said Friday.
The government warned that it is considering stricter public health measures as Korea reported the second-largest daily Covid-19 tally on Thursday.
Health authorities declared that Korea’s Covid-19 risk was “high” over the past week, as pandemic indicators continue to worsen.
With just one week until the national college entrance exams, all high schools switched back to remote classes Thursday as the country tries to prevent virus transmissions among students.
Starting Friday, fully vaccinated people will be exempted from 14-day quarantine if they are asymptomatic after coming into close contact with a Covid-19 patient.
Korea reported Thursday its highest number of deaths in a single day since the country's most severe wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, along with a surge in severe cases and overall infections.
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Vaccinated people traveling to Korea for important business and family visits will no longer have to go through 14-day quarantine. Quarantine will not be waived for people coming from 21 countries where Covid-19 variants are prevalent.
People coming from India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and 17 other countries where Covid-19 cases are surging will not be allowed to skip the 14-day quarantine in Korea — even if they are fully vaccinated.
Korea won’t change its social distancing policy over fears of coronavirus variants such as the Delta variant, which is believed to be more contagious.