Koreans are bracing for another dismal Chuseok amid a fresh surge in coronavirus infections, though the government is mulling lifting some restrictions on gatherings for the biggest holiday of the year.
The government said Thursday it will come up with some exemptions when it comes to family gatherings. They will be announced before Aug. 31, when train tickets for Chuseok go on sale.
Under current lockdown rules, gatherings of more than five people are banned across the country, even if they are family members unless they live together. After 6 p.m., no more than two people can gather.
If that carried on across Chuseok, it would completely ruin the traditional family reunions, so the government is considering various exemptions like not counting vaccinated people in the limit on gatherings.
Meanwhile, vaccination for those aged between 18 to 49 finally lumbered into gear on Thursday. On the last day of booking Wednesday, 67.2 percent or 10.14 million out of all 15.10 million eligible people had booked their slot.
Over 8 million have already been vaccinated for various reasons, which means that more than 80 percent of the whole population of 22.41 million adults under 50 are expected to be vaccinated in due course.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency urged people to get vaccinated, saying nearly 99 percent of recent severe coronavirus patients in their 20s to 40s were not vaccinated.
The daily tally of new infections stood at 1,841 as of Friday morning.
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