Seniors between 70 and 74 faced system errors trying to book Covid-19 vaccinations online Thursday in cities nationwide, the first day reservations were open to members of the public in that age group.
Some 170 Koreans residing in India, a Covid-19 hotspot which may have produced a more transmissible virus variant, returned home Tuesday on a special flight.
Korea may be facing a vaccine shortage soon with the administering of first Pfizer shots coming to a temporary halt in some cities and health authorities warning that AstraZeneca doses are also running short.
The government Friday decided to extend the current social distancing scheme for another two weeks as it struggles to bring down Covid-19 infections, with Korea’s daily patients nearing 500 and total cases surging above 100,000.
Workers at bathhouses nationwide will be required to get Covid-19 tests starting Monday, health authorities announced Sunday, in response to a high number of infections linked to saunas recently.
All foreign workers in Seoul and Gyeonggi will be required to get coronavirus tests, said health authorities, to combat the high number of Covid-19 cases in the metropolitan area announced Tuesday.
People 75 and older will be vaccinated starting next month, according to health authorities as they announced the second stage of Korea's vaccination program Monday, while teachers of younger students can also expect to be inoculated.
Some gatherings of up to eight people, such as parents meeting before a wedding, will be permitted starting Monday while Korea maintains its current social-distancing level for another two weeks as cases continued to surge above 400.
People who need to travel overseas for essential business will be given priority for Covid-19 vaccine shots and can apply starting next week, announced health authorities Wednesday.