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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Fri, June 2, 2023 | 23:36
Cold snap to continue this week
A nationwide cold spell accompanied by heavy snow and biting winds, which has sparked travel chaos in many parts of the nation, is expected to continue through this week, according to the state weather agency. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said morning lows in Seoul plummeted to minus 12 degrees Celsius on Sunday, marking the coldest weather this season, with ...
Indoor mask rule to be lifted as early as mid-January
Next month's Lunar New Year holidays could be the first mask-free holiday season for Koreans in three years, as the government is considering lifting the indoor mask mandate before the public holiday, which runs from Jan. 22. While the Ministry of Health and Welfare is set to announce on Friday detailed measures on when and how the mask requirement will be relaxed based on di...
Gov't warns of hypothermia and frostbite as cold snap grips nation
Korea witnessed the coldest weather of the season on Wednesday with morning lows plummeting to minus 10 degrees Celsius in the capital region, prompting the government to issue hypothermia and frostbite warnings. The mercury nosedived to minus 10.7 degrees in Seoul while neighboring Dongducheon and Suwon of Gyeonggi Province saw minus 12.7 and 11.2 degrees, according to the K...
Unionized truckers end strike on day 16
Unionized cargo truck drivers voted to return to work, Friday, ending their 16-day-long strike, after their collective action was met with toughened measures by the government, which had been responding with unprecedented return-to-work orders.
Bio industry will continue to see export boom next year: think tank
Triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Korea's bio-health industry has been enjoying an export boom in vaccines and diagnostic kits. This trend is expected to continue throughout next year, according to the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI).
Health ministry to review 'Mooncare,' adopt stricter measures for foreign dependents
The Ministry of Health and Welfare will apply stricter standards on insurance coverage in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) checkups and ultrasound scans, undoing the healthcare insurance expansion policies adopted by the previous Moon Jae-in administration. The government will also adopt tougher measures to screen health insurance coverage of foreign residents' dependents by ...
Korea to scrap local age counting system from next year
Koreans are expected to get one or two years younger from June next year, as the country has decided to scrap the so-called “Korean age system” in favor of the internationally recognized age calculation standard.
American father's battle to find missing children in Korea
On a cold Nov. 30 afternoon, when temperatures nosedived to minus seven degrees Celsius in Seoul, bringing with it the nation's first cold wave alert of the season, John Sichi was walking on a treadmill in front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza in central Seoul. Undeterred by the biting winds, the U.S. citizen walked for nearly four hours. Near the treadmill stood a placard reading...
11 students from multicultural backgrounds and teacher awarded for accomplishments
Eleven talented students from diverse backgrounds and one teacher were recognized for their achievements and exemplary deeds at the 11th Korea Multicultural Youth Awards ceremony, Monday. The awards, given by The Korea Times, are aimed at encouraging students from multicultural backgrounds, who at times experience hardships due to cultural or language barriers.
Interior minister further cornered over responsibility in Itaewon tragedy
Interior and Safety Minister Lee Sang-min is finding himself in deeper trouble as unionized civil servants and opposition lawmakers are strongly demanding his dismissal over the government's bungled response to the deadly Halloween crowd crush disaster on Oct. 29. The Korean Government Employees' Union (KGEU) on Monday filed a police complaint against Lee, on charges of derel...