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Updates to social distancing, vaccine pass rules: Analysis Updated: 2022-01-17 17:12:01 KST

From Monday, social distancing measures are extended for three more weeks.
And the government announced that vaccine pass rule will be lifted on some facilities deemed to be of lower risk.
For a deeper analysis, we have Dr. Kim Seung-taek, Head of Zoonotic Virus Lab at Institut Pasteur Korea.
Dr. Kim, welcome to the program.

Starting from today, social distancing rules are extended though the number of people allowed for private gatherings is now up to six instead of four.
Because of the current virus situation, it seems like the authorities had no choice but to keep the measures?

How do you assess the current pandemic situation in South Korea?

The distancing rules cover the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, which usually involves mass travel around the country.
Any advice for a safe holiday in terms of disease prevention measures?

Starting Tuesday, the vaccine pass rule will be lifted across the country for cram schools, museums, movie theaters, large supermarkets and department stores.
It seems like the government was trying to find some sort of middle ground amid controversy over the vaccine pass rule?

Do you think there will be additional adjustments to the vaccine pass rule?

Dr. KIM Seung-taek at Institut Pasteur Korea. Many thanks for your insights.
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