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People who have been fully vaccinated in South Korea are no longer required to undergo a mandatory two-week coronavirus quarantine under new rules that took effect Wednesday.
Those who have received two doses of a vaccine, test negative for COVID-19, and have no symptoms of the disease will not have to self-isolate, even after traveling overseas or coming in close contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient.
Instead, they will be monitored for 14 days and get tested twice over the period.
People here are considered fully vaccinated with immunity against the virus two weeks after receiving their second dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines.
So far, a total of 60,597 adults in the country have been fully vaccinated, and must still continue to follow current social distancing guidelines.
The new exemptions do not apply to people arriving from countries such as South Africa and Brazil where coronavirus variants are prevalent.
According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, countries where highly contagious virus variants are prevalent are South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Brazil, Surinam, and Paraguay.
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