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Reporter : Oh Young-jin
Fri, July 1, 2022 | 05:34
'Keep masks on, Koreans (and foreign residents)!'
As confirmed coronavirus cases rise by the hundreds daily, Koreans are faced with a Shakespearean kind of question that carries a sense of deadly seriousness: To wear a mask, or not to wear a mask? And there's the rub. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other American medical experts put out the public message that effectively says something like: “...
The Korea Times opens 2nd newsroom to prepare for coronavirus emergency
The Korea Times has set up a second newsroom, separate from the main one in Wise Tower near Seoul Station. This is to ensure that one newsroom will continue to produce The Korea Times if the other is forced to close because of the coronavirus epidemic.
“Next couple of weeks is critical to Korea's coronavirus fight"
Dr. Hakim Djaballah, New York-based virology expert, told The Korea Times Monday that he is seeing the beginning of the tail end of the coronavirus epidemic in Korea. Talking from New York over the phone, the former head of Institute Pasteur Korea forecast that the situation in Daegu, the epicenter of the epidemic in Korea, and its surrounding North Gyeongsang Province would ...
Numbers show coronavirus not as virulent as it feels but …
Numbers often seem to make things simple to understand, but sometimes you may believe them at your own peril. The ongoing coronavirus epidemic may well be one example. Here is what I think. After reading my argument, your conclusion is your own responsibility.
Trump suffers no mental constipation
What was U.S. President Donald Trump thinking when he heaped criticism on Korean director Bong Joon-ho's movie “The Parasite” that won big at the recent Academy Awards? It has little to do with Bong or the movie's plot - a satire on class struggle with modern twists - or even Bong's native nation, South Korea, which Trump openly took a jab at during his anti-“Parasite” tirade...
Is Trump following Moon, Xi into coronavirus hot water?
The ongoing coronavirus epidemic has not just hobbled President Moon Jae-in but also may put U.S. President Donald Trump in as tight a spot. Chinese President Xi Jin-ping is also in hot water for not containing the virus at an early stage, after the discovery that officials in Wuhan, in China's Hubei province, the epicenter of the disease, suppressed initial signs of the outb...
Three missing things in Daegu, coronavirus ground zero
Dr. Hakim Djaballah, former head of the Institute Pasteur Korea, raised three questions about how Korea is handling the current coronavirus epidemic, especially in Daegu that he compares to Wuhan in China's Hubei Province, the epicenter of the virus outbreak. First, he pointed to photos of large crowds waiting for hours at big markets to buy masks in Daegu. “President Moon Ja...
'Stigmatizing would drive Shincheonji believers into ground'
I went over these questions with Dr. Hakim Djaballah, an American virology expert based in New York, Monday morning. Djaballah said that our assumption of a two-week incubation period proved less tenable now because of reported cases that remained contagious past the due time. This means we may have to change our approach, especially with suspected cases. The scientist, who w...
Perfect storm of coronavirus in Korea
I spoke with American virology expert Dr. Hakim Djaballah Friday morning about the COVID-19 outbreak in Korea. In New York, where he is based after stint as head of the Institut Pasteur Korea, he repeated: "This is bad." He was referring to a cluster of cases in Daegu and the first death in Korea from the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic. Djaballah described the Daegu outbreak as a c...
Is Korea overreacting to 'Parasite' success?
I may sound, well, unpatriotic. But if that is the risk, I would take it for my own patriotic reasons. I think we are overreacting to the success of “Parasite” at the recent Academy Awards. There has been much depressing news lately - a tanking economy, rudderless politics and endless bickering in our society. So our native son, director Bong Joon-ho, making Oscar history, ha...
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