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A woman wearing a face mask opens the window which reflects lanterns displayed for upcoming Buddha's birthday celebration slated for May 8, at Jogyesa temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 27, 2022. AP
A woman wearing a face mask opens the window which reflects lanterns displayed for upcoming Buddha's birthday celebration slated for May 8, at Jogyesa temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 27, 2022. AP
Girls wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus perform during traditional Easter Sunday rites in Quezon City, Philippines on April 17, 2022. AP
Girls wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus perform during traditional Easter Sunday rites in Quezon City, Philippines on April 17, 2022. AP
A boy wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus removes the black veil of 'Mother Mary' during traditional Easter Sunday rites in Quezon City, Philippines on April 17, 2022. AP
A boy wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus removes the black veil of 'Mother Mary' during traditional Easter Sunday rites in Quezon City, Philippines on April 17, 2022. AP
Christians wearing face masks attend an Easter service at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 17, 2022. The church allowed 70 percent members of the capacity to attend the Easter service as a part of the measures to prevent against the coronavirus. AP
Christians wearing face masks attend an Easter service at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 17, 2022. The church allowed 70 percent members of the capacity to attend the Easter service as a part of the measures to prevent against the coronavirus. AP
A child wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus sits on a swing outside a mall, Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Beijing. AP
A child wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus sits on a swing outside a mall, Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Beijing. AP
A child wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus bicycle moves past a barricaded square displaying a notice that reads 'Epidemic prevention and control do not gather' near a residential area, Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Beijing. AP
A child wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus bicycle moves past a barricaded square displaying a notice that reads 'Epidemic prevention and control do not gather' near a residential area, Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Beijing. AP
Visitors wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus tour at the Gyeongbok Palace, one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 17, 2022. AP
Visitors wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus tour at the Gyeongbok Palace, one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 17, 2022. AP
A person in costume takes part in the Masquerade Party (Festa dos Mascarados), a traditional Easter celebration held in Brazil, in Jaboticatubas, state of Minas Gerais, on April 17, 2022. AFP
A person in costume takes part in the Masquerade Party (Festa dos Mascarados), a traditional Easter celebration held in Brazil, in Jaboticatubas, state of Minas Gerais, on April 17, 2022. AFP
People in costume gesture during the Masquerade Party (Festa dos Mascarados), a traditional Easter celebration held in Brazil, in Jaboticatubas, state of Minas Gerais, on April 17, 2022. AFP
People in costume gesture during the Masquerade Party (Festa dos Mascarados), a traditional Easter celebration held in Brazil, in Jaboticatubas, state of Minas Gerais, on April 17, 2022. AFP
People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk across a street near a shopping mall in Beijing, China April 15, 2022. Picture taken April 15, 2022. REUTERS
People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk across a street near a shopping mall in Beijing, China April 15, 2022. Picture taken April 15, 2022. REUTERS
Commuters wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus look out from a crowded traveling bus during the morning rush hour, Monday, April 18, 2022, in Beijing. AP
Commuters wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus look out from a crowded traveling bus during the morning rush hour, Monday, April 18, 2022, in Beijing. AP
A woman gets a haircut at Sulimay's Salon & Barber Studio as the indoor mask mandate is reinstated to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 18, 2022. REUTERS
A woman gets a haircut at Sulimay's Salon & Barber Studio as the indoor mask mandate is reinstated to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 18, 2022. REUTERS
People wearing face masks stand in front of a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday after U.S. stocks stormed back from sharp losses to log strong gains. AP
People wearing face masks stand in front of a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday after U.S. stocks stormed back from sharp losses to log strong gains. AP
Primary school students wearing face masks walk along a street in Hong Kong, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Students resumed face-to-face classes after suspended for nearly three months amid a fifth wave of coronavirus infections. Teachers and students were required to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests everyday before going to school. AP
Primary school students wearing face masks walk along a street in Hong Kong, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Students resumed face-to-face classes after suspended for nearly three months amid a fifth wave of coronavirus infections. Teachers and students were required to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests everyday before going to school. AP
People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a stream during a lunch break in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. AP
People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a stream during a lunch break in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. AP
A man wears a face mask in a street of A Coruna, Galicia, northewestern Spain, 19 April 2022. The Government will pass, on 19 April, a law that ends the obligation of wearing face masks in the streets although it will remain in effect at health centers, public transports and pharmacies. EPA
A man wears a face mask in a street of A Coruna, Galicia, northewestern Spain, 19 April 2022. The Government will pass, on 19 April, a law that ends the obligation of wearing face masks in the streets although it will remain in effect at health centers, public transports and pharmacies. EPA
A woman, wearing a face mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), sits behind a partition at a food court in Taipei, Taiwan April 19, 2022. REUTERS
A woman, wearing a face mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), sits behind a partition at a food court in Taipei, Taiwan April 19, 2022. REUTERS
A food vendor, wearing a face mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), hands an order to a woman near an excavator on a street in Taipei, Taiwan April 19, 2022. REUTERS
A food vendor, wearing a face mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), hands an order to a woman near an excavator on a street in Taipei, Taiwan April 19, 2022. REUTERS
People, wearing face masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), shop at a market in Taipei, Taiwan April 19, 2022. REUTERS
People, wearing face masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), shop at a market in Taipei, Taiwan April 19, 2022. REUTERS
A woman wears a face mask and a face shield during her visit to the domestic terminal of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after Biden's administration announced that it will no longer enforce a U.S. mask mandate on public transportation, following a Florida court ruling, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. April 19, 2022. REUTERS
A woman wears a face mask and a face shield during her visit to the domestic terminal of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after Biden's administration announced that it will no longer enforce a U.S. mask mandate on public transportation, following a Florida court ruling, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. April 19, 2022. REUTERS
People walk with and without masks after the Biden administration announced it would no longer enforce a U.S. coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mask mandate on public transportation, following a federal judge's ruling that the 14-month-old directive was unlawful at Union Station in Washington, U.S., April 19, 2022.  REUTERS
People walk with and without masks after the Biden administration announced it would no longer enforce a U.S. coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mask mandate on public transportation, following a federal judge's ruling that the 14-month-old directive was unlawful at Union Station in Washington, U.S., April 19, 2022. REUTERS
An unmasked couple and their child make their way through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after the Biden administration announced it would no longer enforce a U.S. coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mask mandate on public transportation, following a federal judge's ruling that the 14-month-old directive was unlawful, in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., April 19, 2022. REUTERS
An unmasked couple and their child make their way through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after the Biden administration announced it would no longer enforce a U.S. coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mask mandate on public transportation, following a federal judge's ruling that the 14-month-old directive was unlawful, in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., April 19, 2022. REUTERS
Airline passengers, some not wearing face masks following the end of Covid-19 public transportation rules, sit during a American Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California to Denver, Colorado on April 19, 2022. AFP
Airline passengers, some not wearing face masks following the end of Covid-19 public transportation rules, sit during a American Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California to Denver, Colorado on April 19, 2022. AFP
Visitors wearing face masks take photos at the Hong Kong Disneyland, Thursday, April 21, 2022. Hong Kong Disneyland reopened to the public after shutting down due to a surge in COVID-19 infections. AP
Visitors wearing face masks take photos at the Hong Kong Disneyland, Thursday, April 21, 2022. Hong Kong Disneyland reopened to the public after shutting down due to a surge in COVID-19 infections. AP
A resident lowers his mask as he skates along an empty road on Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Shanghai. AP
A resident lowers his mask as he skates along an empty road on Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Shanghai. AP
A man wearing a face mask exercises at a public park in Beijing, Thursday, April 21, 2022. In mainland China, the death toll rose to more than 20 in an outbreak in Shanghai that has all but shut down the country's largest city. AP
A man wearing a face mask exercises at a public park in Beijing, Thursday, April 21, 2022. In mainland China, the death toll rose to more than 20 in an outbreak in Shanghai that has all but shut down the country's largest city. AP
People wear face masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19 in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, April 26, 2022. AP
People wear face masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19 in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, April 26, 2022. AP
A woman wearing a mask, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, adjusts her makeup at a Han river park in Seoul, South Korea, April 26, 2022. REUTERS
A woman wearing a mask, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, adjusts her makeup at a Han river park in Seoul, South Korea, April 26, 2022. REUTERS


Choi Won-suk wschoi@koreatimes.co.kr


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