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South Koreans cautious after lifting of COVID-19 restrictions

Frank Smith
Press TV, Seoul

After two years of stifling restrictions, the South Korean government has lifted most social distancing limits over COVID-19 as the country sees a decline in cases.

The government lifted the outdoor masking mandate on Monday, after lifting private gathering and business restrictions last month. In crowded places masks are still recommended, and while young people enjoy their new freedom, many are cautious.

Nearly 35 percent of South Korea’s 52 million people have now been infected with Covid-19. This week authorities are on alert for a new and more contagious Omicron sub-variant, even as the country pursues a new normal.

Although the South Korean government has lifted the outdoor mask requirement, many people are still wearing their masks outside. South Korea is still experiencing tens of thousands of new Covid-19 cases each day, with health officials warning strict social distancing measures may have to be re-introduced.

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