South Korea’s present antivirus restrictions will be extended for three additional weeks, health authorities announced on Friday.
The extension will also apply to the ban on crowding between five or more people across the country.
A Level 2 of the five-level scheme is presently implemented in the greater capital city, as well as in the city of Deague and the tourist destination Jeju island. Remaining areas in the country, meanwhile, are under Level 1.5.
The extended measures, however, will exempt business operations, sports, or concerns, which will be permitted in stages, according to health authorities. The extension will take effect this coming Monday and will last until July 4.
Authorities earlier said that operations of some business establishments like restaurants, cafe, and karaokes will be extended by two hours from the 10 p.m. curfew starting July. This means that they can operate until midnight, but only those in the greater Seoul area.
Furthermore, authorities announced the complete lifting of the business hours in other facilities like gyms and spas.
The present anti-virus measures in the country were enforced for four months already. A fresh set of distancing rules are to be implemented by health authorities next month as vaccination rate picks up speed.
A total of 146, 859 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the country since January 2020. The caseload was added by 556 more on Friday.
Since late March, daily virus cases reach beyond 400, leaving no indications of pause.
South Korea is accelerating its vaccinations and since February, authorities said that 20.6 percent of the people who have at least received a single COVID vaccine.
The country targets to vaccinate 14 million people by the end of June and to cover 36 million by September.
Herd immunity is being aimed to be reached by November.