According to Yonhap News Agency, the South Korean public health agency said on Friday that the quarantine will be fully lifted for COVID-19 patients by the end of May.
The Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency also plans to lower COVID-19 to its second-highest level out of four, enabling clinics and hospitals to treat patients as if they were dealing with endemic disease.
The KDCA released its “post-Omicron” road map at a time when the country is preparing to return to normality after a waning virus outbreak, with the daily cases showing a modest decline.
In the first big step into post-pandemic days since the outbreak of COVID-19 two years ago, the government announced earlier in the day it would lift all social distancing rules relating to the novel virus, except for the mask mandate.
According to the Korea Disease Control Agency, there have been 125,846 new COVID-19 infections in South Korea, including 14 cases that came from abroad, bringing the total caseload to 16,104,869, the agency said.