(Fighting against New Coronary Pneumonia) South Korea decides to fully lift social distancing measures

  China News Agency, Seoul, April 15 (Liu Xu and Liu Jingni) According to news from the South Korean Central Epidemic Prevention Countermeasures Headquarters on the 15th local time, as of 0:00 that day, 125,846 new confirmed cases of new crown were added in South Korea compared with 0:00 the previous day, with a total of 16,104,896 confirmed cases. .

Data map: On March 17, local time, a medical worker guides people waiting for a new coronavirus test at a temporary testing point in Seoul, South Korea.

  South Korean Prime Minister Kim Fu-gyeom announced on the same day that the South Korean government has decided to fully lift social distancing measures from the 18th of this month, that is, the business hours of public gathering places, private gatherings, large-scale events and gatherings, and religious venues will be fully lifted next week. member.

The ban on eating and drinking in indoor public gathering places such as cinemas and indoor sports facilities will also be lifted from the 25th of this month.

  Jin Fuqian also said that people will still need to wear masks indoors for a long time to come.

Regarding whether it is necessary to wear masks outdoors, the government will evaluate the epidemic prevention situation in two weeks before making a decision.

  In addition, the South Korean government also announced the "Post-Omicoron Response Plan" on the same day, and decided to lower the infectious disease level of the new crown epidemic from the highest category A to category B from the 25th of this month.

In order to reduce confusion, the Korean epidemic prevention authorities set the 15th to 25th of this month as the "preparatory period" of the plan, and the 4-week period from the 25th as the "preliminary period" of the plan.

During the "initial travel period", those diagnosed do not need to report immediately after being diagnosed with the new crown, but only need to report within 24 hours.

The current management system such as the obligation to isolate confirmed cases, home treatment of high-risk groups, treatment fees and living expenses subsidies will continue to exist in the "initial period".

  South Korea's Central Disaster Safety Countermeasures Headquarters also stated on the same day that from June, the number of nucleic acid tests for people entering South Korea will be reduced to one, and rapid antigen testing will no longer be required, and those who have completed the entire process of vaccination against the new crown will be exempt from isolation.

  Jin Fuqian emphasized that while promoting the return to normal work, the Korean government is also continuously strengthening the monitoring system to prevent mutant strains, and will quickly invest medical resources after discovering risks.

He also called on the public not to forget the existence of the virus and continue to abide by the epidemic prevention code.