Today (23rd), the number of new COVID-19 cases is expected to be around 1,400. As the first step in preparing for the gradual restoration of daily life early next month, the government is considering easing the business hours restrictions for cafes and restaurants. It is predicted that a vaccine pass will be introduced for access to high-risk facilities such as entertainment facilities.

Reporter Kim Deok-hyun reports.

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average daily number of confirmed cases 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.

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

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.

Ahead of Halloween Day on the 31st, the government will conduct a special quarantine inspection centered on entertainment facilities, and at the same time, will release the final plan for the gradual recovery of daily life on the 29th.

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