While the epidemic has decreased in a matter of weeks due to the effect of vaccination against the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the government launched the Corona 19 Daily Recovery Support Committee on the 13th and will discuss ‘with Corona’ in earnest. The social distancing adjustment plan to be applied next week will also be announced this week.
Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom at a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on the 12th said, “This week, we need to decide on the level of social distancing that will be applied from next week. Last chance,” he said.
The major script plans to announce on the 15th a plan to adjust the distance that will be applied after the 18th. Son Young-rae, head of the social strategy division at the Central Accident Resolving Headquarters, said, “I think that the distance that will be implemented from next week is probably the last adjustment to the distance before the system change for a step-by-step recovery of daily life.” There is a possibility that the distance that will be applied from the 18th will be applied for at least three weeks. Considering the antibody formation period of two weeks after the completion of vaccination in the last week of this month is 70%, it is likely that the second week of next month will be a step-by-step conversion to daily life.
Regarding the easing of quarantine measures, Director Sohn said, “Limiting private gatherings and limiting business hours are matters to be seriously considered in the phased transition of the system for a gradual recovery of daily life.
The COVID-19 Daily Recovery Support Committee, which will discuss the step-by-step recovery plan, will be officially launched on the 13th. The committee, composed of a joint public-private partnership, will respond to policy advice and collect social opinions in four areas: economic livelihood, education and culture, self-governing safety, and quarantine and medical care. The co-chairs will be Prime Minister Kim and Jae-Chun Choi, chair professor at the Department of Ecology at Ewha Womans University.
Vaccination, a prerequisite for With Corona, is proceeding smoothly. As of 1:00 pm on the same day, the Central Quarantine Countermeasures Headquarters announced that 30,905,870 people had been vaccinated, accounting for 60.2% of the total population. In 228 days after the start of domestic COVID-19 vaccination, the vaccination completion rate has exceeded 60%.
The effect of blocking the radio wave due to the increase in the inoculation rate is also gradually appearing. On the 3rd to 9th, the daily average number of confirmed cases was 1961.4, a decrease of 21.2% from the previous week (2489.0). The infection reproduction index was 0.89, which fell below 1 for the first time in five weeks after 0.98 from August 29 to September 4. In January, the fatality rate and severity rate fell from 1.43% and 3.16% to 0.3% and 2.1%, respectively.
However, it is too early to judge that the number of confirmed cases has stopped. Park Young-joon, head of the Epidemiological Investigation Team, Bang Dae-bon, said, “We need to look at the trend for at least one week to see what the result of the increase in vaccination rate and the number of people traveling during the holiday season will be.”
Meanwhile, the government announced on the same day that it would provide 1.1 million and 470,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam and Thailand, respectively. It is part of the 4,131,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that we have in Korea. The donor vaccine is scheduled to depart from Incheon on the same day and arrive in both countries on the 13th. This is the first time that South Korea directly supplies a vaccine to a specific country.
A government official said, “It is judged that there will be no disruption to the domestic vaccination schedule, and the donor decision is made in consideration of requests for support from countries having difficulties in securing a COVID-19 vaccine, securing the safety of Korean citizens living abroad, the New Southern Policy, and the damage situation of COVID-19. done,” he explained.
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