• S. Korea To Adjust COVID-19 Rules In Response To Omicron Variant
A restaurant in Seoul informs diners of their social distancing rule. [Photo: Newsis]  

South Korea is expected to announce adjustments to its social distancing scheme as it battles a worsening wave of COVID-19 infections fueled by the Omicron variant.

Health ministry spokesman Son Young-rae told reporters Tuesday that officials are working with experts on new rules, which could be revealed as early as Friday.

Restrictions in place to curb the coronavirus spread include a 9 p.m. business curfew for restaurants and cafes and a six-person cap on private social gatherings.

The current measures are set to expire on Sunday.

Jeong Eun-kyeong, the head of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, has said if antivirus curbs are eased, it should be done gradually.

Jeong stressed that lifting them all at once could cause another surge in new infections and overwhelm the whole health system, which is already facing pressures.

South Korea on Tuesday reported a record high 57,177 new COVID-19 cases and 61 additional deaths.

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