South Korea resumes tours at the border village of Panmunjeom

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Border village of Panmunjeom. (Mainichi)

SEOUL (Kyodo) – South Korea resumed its visits to the border village of Panmunjeom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas on Tuesday, after their suspension in early July due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The recovery comes after the South Korean government eased virus restrictions in early November as part of its “living with COVID-19” policy, but the country has since seen an increase in the number of new cases every day.

The Unification Ministry said each tour will include fewer people than before, a total of 20 people, and participants must either be fully vaccinated or test negative for the virus within three days before the date. of the tour.

The capacity of the tour could be increased if the pandemic situation improves.

Panmunjeom’s tours had already been suspended in December due to the pandemic. But they resumed in April and continued until early July, according to local media.

The border village is located in a buffer zone between South Korea and North Korea and on the military demarcation line between them.

Concerned about the spread of the virus, North Korea continues to close its border with China.

South Korea reported 3,032 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday. About 80 percent of the country’s population have been fully immunized, according to health officials.

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