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South Korea to further relax social distance rules, beginning on May 6

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South Korea will further relax the social distancing rules from May 6, allowing for a phased reopening of businesses, as the nation has largely managed to control the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Sunday.

Widespread testing, intensive contact tracking and tracking applications have made it possible for South Korea to restrict the spread of the virus rather than rely on the long lockdowns seen elsewhere.

The government "will allow businesses to resume at facilities in stages that have remained closed until now, and will also allow meetings and events to take place on the assumption that they follow guidelines for disinfection," the prime minister told a government officials' televised meeting.

Further ease of rules means that public facilities such as parks, libraries and schools could reopen in stages, although the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that citizens continue to be cautious in their daily lives.

The government's new guidelines advise everyone to stay home for three to four days if they feel unwell, stay arms-apart in public spaces with others, and wash hands often.

Seoul extended its social distance policy to May 5 as it managed to bring down more than 900 cases of daily infection in the past week at the end of February to about 10 per day.

As of midnight saturday, the national tally is at 10,793, with 250 dead.