Korea is on alert before Halloween

South Korean health officials are concerned about the risk of an outbreak after Halloween on October 31, the event is expected to attract many people to the streets.

The South Korean government is looking to apply “living with Covid-19” measures from November 1, whereby officials will ease community isolation measures and focus more on managing the infected. serious illness.

However, the plan is causing anxiety as young people, after a year of being gripped by restrictive measures, are expected to “enjoy” excessive freedom.

Nightclubs have been suspended since July, but bars and pubs, which are not affected by the ban, have begun decorating with Halloween themes to attract customers.

A shopping street in Seoul, South Korea, in July. Photo: Reuters.

A shopping street in Seoul, South Korea, in July. Photo: Reuters.

In order to avoid the risk of spreading the disease, the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, local governments and the police will coordinate to inspect bars, pubs and other entertainment venues from May 27. 10 to 2/11.

“We will have severe penalties for establishments that violate anti-epidemic measures,” a ministry official said.

The South Korean government is also monitoring the vaccination rate of foreign residents because the number appears to be lower than that of Korean citizens.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of infection among foreign residents has continued to increase from the end of June, accounting for 20.9% of infections reported between October 10 and 16. /ten.

Vaccination rates stood at 49.4% for registered foreign residents and 53.8% for undocumented people, according to data from South Korea’s Ministry of Justice. Meanwhile, the vaccination rate of Korean citizens is 70.1%.

“Like many other countries, we are also concerned about unvaccinated people, including foreign residents, as this could lead to an increased risk of deaths following anti-virus measures. be eased,” noted Kwon Joon-wook, head of Korea’s National Institutes of Health.

Vu Hoang (Follow SCMP)

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