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If you don’t get the vaccine, you can’t even watch a movie… It is possible to eat alone in the restaurant

As the spread of COVID-19 is increasing, the government is implementing high-intensity quarantine measures, including reducing the number of private gatherings and limiting the addition of restaurants and cafes for those who are not vaccinated. On the 3rd, at a Chinese restaurant in Daebang-dong, Seoul, a notice was posted stating that the number of private gatherings will be limited to 6 from the 6th. /yunhap news

Just four days ago, a government raised its hand against the delta and omicron mutations, saying, “There is no retreat” in relation to ‘with Corona’ (step-by-step recovery of daily life). The delta mutation alone pushed the medical system to the brink of collapse, but when even the Omicron mutation, which is said to be five times stronger than this, landed, the ‘wider’ quarantine measures released four days ago (November 29) could not stop the spread. will admit it

As the quarantine authorities took out the cards ‘Reduce the number of allowed private gatherings’ and ‘Expand the industries and targets applying the quarantine pass’, the With Corona, which has been maintained for a month, will be officially suspended from next week. The government said, “In conjunction with the booster shot expansion measures announced 4 days ago, the effect will come out after one or two weeks.”

Year-end party in the metropolitan area is limited to 6 people

The core of the additional measures for the special quarantine measures announced by the quarantine authorities on the 3rd can be summarized in two parts: △reducing the number of people allowed for private gatherings and △expanding the industries and targets to which the quarantine pass is applied.

The maximum number of people allowed for private meetings was set at 6 people in the metropolitan area and 8 people in the non-metropolitan area. Even if all participants were vaccinated, this range should not be exceeded. However, one member of the group may be unvaccinated. This means that ‘5 people who have completed vaccination + 1 person who has not been vaccinated’ in the metropolitan area, and ‘7 people + 1 person’ in non-metropolitan areas. As it will be applied from the 6th to January 2nd of next year, it is in effect set by the government as a guideline for the number of people attending the year-end party. “The year-end season is over” comes from among the self-employed.

As it was decided that up to one person who was not vaccinated would be allowed to enter restaurants and cafes, even those who were not vaccinated could eat alone (eating alone) in a restaurant. The quarantine authorities also considered reducing the business hours of restaurants and cafes to 10 p.m. or 12 p.m., but they did not include it in the final plan.

The quarantine pass (inoculation certificate, voice confirmation system) has significantly increased the number of industries and personnel applied. Entertainment facilities, singing practice rooms, baths, indoor sports facilities, restaurants, cafes, academies, PC rooms, cinemas, reading rooms, museums, and libraries have been added to the quarantine pass industry. It takes effect from the 6th. The crackdown begins on the 13th, when the probation period (one week) ends. From February 1, 2022, middle and high school students (12-18 years old) will be added to the number of people eligible for the quarantine pass.

A government official said, “This is because group infection can be minimized by limiting visitors to public facilities to those who have completed vaccinations and those who have tested negative for a PCR test 48 hours before,” said a government official. There is also the purpose of raising the On the other hand, wedding halls, funerals, amusement facilities (amusement parks, water parks), arcades, shops, marts, department stores, and religious facilities were left as exceptions to the quarantine pass. An official from the quarantine authorities explained, “If there are essential facilities (marts, etc.) for living, if there is a separate meeting/event standard (wedding hall, etc.), or if it is difficult to manage access (department store market, etc.), it is excluded from the quarantine pass.”

“Effect within 2 weeks” vs “Effectiveness likely to be low”

The government canceled the With Corona plan because it saw that the spread of COVID-19 was not that serious. The number of new confirmed cases, which averaged 1,900 per day (October 26-31) just before the implementation of With Corona, exceeded 5,000 within a month, and the number of severe cases more than doubled from 337.9 to 700. The utilization rate of intensive care beds in the metropolitan area also rose from 55% to 83% during the same period.

The government expects that if this measure and the booster shot expansion policy announced 4 days ago create a synergistic effect, it will take a ‘break’ to some extent in the spread of Corona 19. On the 29th of last month, the government announced plans to set the validity period of the quarantine pass to 6 months and expand the target of booster shots to all adults 18 years of age or older. Sohn Young-rae, head of the social strategy division at the Central Accident Resolving Headquarters, said, “I expect that the effect will be seen after one or two weeks.”

The medical community is harshly criticizing this measure. This is because the number of people allowed for private gatherings has not been significantly reduced, and there is no plan to reduce the operating hours of restaurants and cafes. Eom Joong-sik, a professor of infectious diseases at Gachon University Gil Hospital, said, “I don’t know how effective these measures will be in a situation where there are 5,000 confirmed cases a day.”

Correspondent Oh Sang-heon/Lee Seon-ah [email protected]

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