South Korea Allows Removing Masks Outdoors

The South Korean government repealed the outdoor mask mandate that started on Monday after a recent declining trend in COVID cases.

In a report by news agency Yonhap, it said that masks are still recommended when it is difficult for people to preserve a 1-meter gap between them during meetings and in situations where a lot of spit droplets could be emitted, such as when yelling or singing.

Those with suspected COVID-19 symptoms and a high risk of infection were strongly encouraged to use masks.

Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) official Son Young-rae told reporters that indoor mask-wearing needs to be in place for a longer period of time as daily infections and the number of serious cases have remained high.

Young-rae stated that they will consider potential policy changes after the worldwide viral situation has stabilized and the prerequisites for COVID-19 to be treated as an endemic illness have been met.

As of Monday, May 2, 2022, KDCA reported 20,084 new COVID-19 infections, including 26 from outside the country, increasing the overall caseload to 17,295,733.

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