• Moon Announces Halt To Living With COVID To Contain Virus Surge
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President Moon Jae-in announced Monday that South Korea put hold off on transitioning to the next phase of its "living with COVID-19" scheme to tackle the recent resurgence of infections.

The president said over special quarantine measures will be put in place over the four weeks to bring down infections, deaths and critical cases.

He stressed to officials during an emergency meeting the new rules will not include business curfews or limits on private social gatherings.

The country was scheduled to move to the second phase of its gradual return to pre-pandemic activities in mid-December.

As for what the stricter antivirus curbs will entail, Moon said they will primarily focus on speeding up the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot program while getting children their first shots.

Health authorities later revealed the interval between regular and additional shots for adults aged 18 to 49 will be reduced to five months.

The rollout of booster shots for this age group is set to begin on Saturday.

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