New Covid-19 cases dropped below 100,000 Thursday as the Omicron wave continues to subside.
The Covid curfew is being pushed to midnight starting Monday, and private gatherings will be allowed involving 10 people, the government announced Friday.
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Health authorities decided to extend the current social distancing scheme limiting gatherings and applying curfews for most businesses for another two weeks as Korea broke a new record and surpassed 27,000 new Covid-19 cases Friday.
Confusion reigned as people rushed to get checked for Covid-19 after the five-day Lunar New Year holiday, and as Korea reported another record number of cases — over 22,000 on Thursday.
Daily Covid-19 infections surpassed 20,000 for the first time Wednesday. Bracing for a spike in cases, the government phased in its new Covid-19 response system.
Daily Covid-19 cases surged over 13,000 Wednesday, the highest ever for Korea.
Daily Covid-19 cases surged over 13,000 cases Wednesday, the highest ever for Korea.
The 9 p.m. curfew will remain on restaurants and cafes for the next three weeks, but private gatherings will be allowed up to six people from the current four.
Public health measures will have to change to prepare for the Omicron variant becoming dominant in Korea, the government admitted.