South Korea reports record daily COVID-19 cases; planning how to live with virus

The government is drawing up a plan on how to live more normally with COVID-19, expecting 80 per cent of adults to be fully vaccinated by late October. The strategy will be implemented in phases to gradually ease restrictions, while masks will still be required at least in the initial stage.Although the strategy will not immediately lift all prevention measures, South Korea - which struggled to get vaccine supplies initially - was now in a more comfortable position for the transition, President Moon Jae-in told reporters aboard South Korea's presidential jet on Friday. "There is no problem at all with the amount of vaccines secured for this year," Moon said. "The vaccine shipment got off to a slower start than other countries, which delayed the vaccination programme, but I believe by next month, we will catch up and be a leading country by inoculation rate." South Korea this week said it would donate more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam next month in what would be the country's first direct cross-border sharing of its vaccine stockpile. South Korea will remain under tough social distancing curbs through Oct 3, which includes limited operating hours for cafes and restaurants and limiting the number of people allowed at social gatherings at up to two people after 6pm in Seoul. Thursday's new cases brought total infections to 295,132, with 2,434 deaths. South Korea has given 72.3 per cent of its 52 million population at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine through Thursday, and has fully inoculated nearly 44 per cent.

South Korea reports record daily COVID-19 cases; planning how to live with virus

The government is drawing up a plan on how to live more normally with COVID-19, expecting 80 per cent of adults to be fully vaccinated by late October. The strategy will be implemented in phases to gradually ease restrictions, while masks will still be required at least in the initial stage.

Although the strategy will not immediately lift all prevention measures, South Korea - which struggled to get vaccine supplies initially - was now in a more comfortable position for the transition, President Moon Jae-in told reporters aboard South Korea's presidential jet on Friday.

"There is no problem at all with the amount of vaccines secured for this year," Moon said. "The vaccine shipment got off to a slower start than other countries, which delayed the vaccination programme, but I believe by next month, we will catch up and be a leading country by inoculation rate."

South Korea this week said it would donate more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam next month in what would be the country's first direct cross-border sharing of its vaccine stockpile.

South Korea will remain under tough social distancing curbs through Oct 3, which includes limited operating hours for cafes and restaurants and limiting the number of people allowed at social gatherings at up to two people after 6pm in Seoul.

Thursday's new cases brought total infections to 295,132, with 2,434 deaths.

South Korea has given 72.3 per cent of its 52 million population at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine through Thursday, and has fully inoculated nearly 44 per cent.