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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Sun, November 27, 2022 | 04:03
How much should Korea worry about monkeypox?
Following Korea identified its first case of the monkeypox virus, health experts say that it is unlikely to cause an explosive spread as the country experienced with the coronavirus, considering the differences between the two viruses. But at the same time, they called on the government to implement preemptive measures such as the swift introduction of third-generation vaccin...
[INTERVIEW] Scholar-activist immerses herself in dire working conditions facing Cambodian farmworkers
A day in the life of a female Cambodian migrant worker on a perilla leaf farm in Gyeongsang Province begins at 6:30 a.m. She squats and picks the leaves, ties 10 of them into a bundle and then tosses it into a box. The process is repeated until 5:30 p.m. To meet the daily target of harvesting 15,000 leaves, equivalent to 15 cartons, she often skips bathroom breaks or even lun...
Medical experts, businesspeople discuss partnerships between Korea, Africa
Medical experts and businesspeople from Korea and Africa discussed ways to bolster ties in the healthcare sector amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, during a business seminar hosted by the Korea Africa Foundation (KAF), Tuesday. Established in 2018, the KAF is an affiliate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that aims to promote relations with African countries in various sect...
'Africa can share clinical experience on monkeypox with Korea': Africa CDC interim chief
Partnerships between Korea and Africa in the healthcare sector will go beyond the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as the two sides seek to bolster collaboration in responding to emerging diseases, said Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, acting director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Tuesday.
Korea remains harsh country for asylum seekers
Koita Boh Saran, a 26-year-old woman from Guinea, West Africa, was just 17 years old when she was forced to marry a 45-year-old man, becoming his fourth wife in the process. It is quite common for underage girls to be coerced into early marriages in Guinea. She had no choice but to marry the man as her family threatened to assault her if she refused. A few months into the unh...
Drunk bicycling on rise amid nighttime cab shortage
An increasing number of Seoul residents have been caught riding bicycles under the influence of alcohol, which is illegal under the Road Traffic Act, amid an ongoing shortage of taxis at night. Recent data from the police showed that the number of drunk cycling cases reported in Seoul between April 18 and May 16 stood at 72, a 41-percent increase from the 51 cases reported be...
Too early to consider lifting self-isolation rule: experts
The government has decided to extend the self-isolation mandate for COVID-19 patients for another four weeks, but medical experts pointed out that it is premature to remove the restriction next month. The Central Disaster Countermeasures Headquarters said Friday the seven-day self-quarantine mandate for COVID-19 virus carriers will be extended through July 20, due to concerns...
Minister reaffirms abolition of gender equality ministry
Gender Equality Minister Kim Hyun-sook said a task force will be launched to seek ways on how to abolish the ministry, thus moving toward fulfilling the campaign pledge of President Yoon Suk-yeol to dissolve the 21-year-old government agency.
Paid sick leave scheme to kick off in July
The government will introduce a statutory sick pay trial scheme from next month in six areas, which would guarantee COVID-19 patients with the “right to rest,” as the authorities are considering lifting the seven-day self-isolation rule.
Korean tech companies struggle to hire highly-skilled foreigners
Korean companies are struggling to recruit highly-skilled foreign workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, according to a recent survey released earlier this month. The survey, which was conducted among 300 local firms by the University of Science and Technology (UST) and the Korea Industrial Technology Association (KOITA), found that many companies...