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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Mon, July 4, 2022 | 21:08
Is Korea ready to ease social distancing, vaccine pass?
The government's quarantine scheme shift targeting the Omicron variant has led to rising calls to ease social distancing measures and the vaccine pass system, among people who view these antivirus regulations as ineffective in curbing the unrelenting spread of the virus. Amid surging Omicron cases, the government recently introduced new virus management strategies to focus on...
'K-quarantine' on brink of collapse as infections skyrocket
Soaring infections fueled by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have forced the Korean government to abandon its much-lauded “3T” virus management strategy of “trace, test and treatment.” Dubbed “K-quarantine,” Korea's 3T strategy of massive testing, contact tracing and treatment was once touted as a pandemic response role model for other countries. But the proactive viru...
89-year-old graduates college with highest honors
Age is just a number for Lee Joo-hyung, 89, and soon-to-be graduate of Tongmyong University in Busan.
Revised COVID-19 home treatment scheme sparks concern among low-risk groups
Starting Thursday, low-risk COVID-19 patients who are under home treatment will no longer receive daily health checkup calls from medical workers, under the revised treatment system that focuses more on high-risk patients. As the country grapples with record-breaking numbers of infections fueled by the Omicron variant, the government has decided to implement a new home treatm...
When will COVID-19 become endemic in Korea?
The Omicron variant has driven up the number of COVID-19 infections to an unprecedented level around the world, while some countries have lifted antivirus measures and opted to treat the coronavirus like an endemic disease like the seasonal flu. The United Kingdom and Denmark have drastically eased COVID-19 restrictions, including face mask mandates, while Austria and the Net...
Gov't to strengthen support for children from multicultural backgrounds
Korea will strengthen support for students from multicultural backgrounds, in order to establish an environment where all children are provided with equitable access to education and career development. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family announced a set of measures on Friday to increase educational support for students from multicultural backgrounds, as well as to cre...
'Where to go for COVID-19 testing?': Korea's new testing scheme explained
Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Korea has been offering free polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to all people who need them at screening centers across the country. But those days are now over. In a bid to tackle the highly contagious but generally less lethal Omicron variant, the government has shifted its focus to the vulnerable population, introducing a n...
Number of students from multicultural backgrounds tops 160,000
The number of students from multicultural backgrounds in Korea steadily increased to reach over 160,000 last year, according to government data.
Concerns rise over post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases
Concerns are rising over a potential upsurge of COVID-19 infections following the Lunar New Year holiday, with the current Omicron-led wave of infections showing no signs of abating here. The long weekend which ran from Jan. 31 through Wednesday, during which millions of people traveled across the country to visit their families, is feared to have fueled the spread of the cor...
A closer look at COVID-19 home treatment in Korea
ANSEONG, Gyeonggi Province - “How are you feeling today? Are you still coughing badly?” asks a hospital nurse who is on the phone with a COVID-19 patient at home.