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number of new confirmed cases has been below 2,000 for 2 weeks. The government is considering lifting restrictions on business hours for restaurants and cafes as the first step in the gradual recovery of daily life early next month. Vaccine passes are expected to be introduced to high-risk facilities such as entertainment facilities.

Reporter Kim Deok-hyun reports.

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average number of confirmed cases per day over the past week is 1,354.

The number decreased by 255 or 16% from the previous week.

The vaccination completion rate is 68.2%, and the 70% standard for gradual recovery can be achieved this weekend.

Discussions about the phased recovery of daily life, which will begin early next month, are also accelerating.

[Kim Bu-gyeom/Prime Minister: The quarantine mitigation measures will be taken boldly and aggressively from industries that have suffered a lot, the marginalized, and facilities with a low risk of spreading the infection.] In the

first stage of daily recovery, the government will first We are considering lifting restrictions on operating hours for livelihood facilities.

Just like reading rooms, concert halls, and movie theaters have already extended their business hours until midnight, the purpose is to ease quarantine measures starting with industries with a low risk of infection.

In the metropolitan area, high-risk facilities such as entertainment facilities where gatherings are prohibited are planning to temporarily introduce the vaccination certificate and negative confirmation system.

It is a de facto vaccine pass system, and it is expected to be available not only to those who have been vaccinated, but also to those who have been confirmed negative by a PCR test within 48 hours.

[Lee Ki-il/Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters 1st Controller: I will tell you that if we receive a confirmation letter according to the judgment of the medical staff for those with underlying diseases or such, we will be considered for even teenagers.]

Revealed today (22nd) At the discussion forum, a three-step easing plan was also proposed, which would first ease restrictions on business hours and bans on gatherings, then lift restrictions on large-scale events and private gatherings.

The government plans to conduct a special quarantine inspection centering on entertainment facilities ahead of Halloween Day on the 31st, and at the same time release the final plan for the gradual recovery of daily life on the 29th.

(Video coverage: Jeong Seong-hwa, video editing: Jo Moo-hwan) 

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