S.Korea plans road map for 'living with COVID-19'

South Korea's government plans to compile a road map aimed at gradually bringing the country's social and economic activities back on track while putting the coronavirus pandemic under control.

The government launched a committee with experts on Wednesday to discuss the detailed measures. Seoul plans to release the "living with COVID-19" scheme this month.

The country's daily tally of new cases has exceeded 1,000 and broken records repeatedly since July. But its numbers of deaths and seriously ill patients has fallen, as the country's vaccination rollout has ramped up. As of Tuesday, over 60 percent of the population was fully vaccinated.

The committee is expected to review current antivirus measures and consider whether to introduce vaccine passports by studying cases in foreign countries including Britain and Israel.

South Korea still restricts service hours of eating establishments and numbers of people at private gatherings.

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said at the meeting that the process of returning to normal should be implemented gradually, with extreme caution.