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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Mon, August 8, 2022 | 06:23
Leading presidential candidates offer differing healthcare pledges
With about 60 days left until the March 9 presidential election, the campaign pledges on healthcare and pandemic response measures introduced by the leading candidates are drawing significant attention, as the country enters its third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the two major presidential candidates - Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and Yo...
[INTERVIEW] Universal basic income unnecessary for Korea in long term: Nobel-winning economist
The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated inequality in many countries, and Korea is no exception. Nearly two years into the pandemic, the country is seeing deepening polarization in various areas of society, including education, employment, access to healthcare and housing.
Visually impaired people struggling with QR code-based vaccine pass apps
Since the implementation of the vaccine pass system in early December, Hyun Dae-ok, a Gyeonggi Province resident in his 60s, has to ask for help every time he visits a cafe or restaurant.
Over 70% of workers negatively assess gov't youth policies
Youth policies carried out by the Moon Jae-in administration seem to have fallen short of public expectations, according to survey results released Monday. According to the survey conducted in December on 1,000 workers aged between 20 and 60 by Gapjil 119, a pro-labor civic group, and the Public Workers Solidarity Foundation, 73.7 percent gave negative assessments about the g...
Korea ups efforts to attract foreign workers
The Korean government will step up efforts to attract more skilled foreign nationals this year by improving its visa system for job seekers who have obtained an advanced degree in the country. The Ministry of Justice recently introduced a set of more open and inclusive immigration policies aimed at increasing the number of foreign workers in order to maintain national growth ...
Debate escalates over expanding vaccine pass system
Debate is heating up over the government's planned expansion of the coronavirus vaccine pass system to department stores and large retailers, which has prompted a strong backlash from unvaccinated individuals, who argue that their freedoms will be excessively limited if the system is implemented there. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, beginning Jan. 10, people...
Gov't to extend virus curbs amid Omicron surge
Korea is likely to extend current social distancing measures for another two weeks amid a surge in Omicron variant cases, which is expected to become the dominant strain in the coming weeks.
Employer investigated over spycam in factory shower room
Police are investigating the owner of a factory in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province, for allegedly illegally filming a female worker of foreign nationality there, but a suspicious fire in the facility has destroyed much of the evidence. The man, whose identity was withheld, has been accused of filming the victim when she was taking a shower, through a two-way mirror he had installe...
Will COVID-19 pills help relieve current wave of infections?
Medical experts showed mixed reactions to whether the introduction of oral COVID-19 treatment pills, scheduled for mid-January, will be a “game changer” in the country's battle against the coronavirus. The experts were also divided on whether enough doses for 604,000 people, which the government has secured so far, will be sufficient to curb the current wave of infections.
[INTERVIEW] Vaccine expert warns against premature optimism over Omicron
It may be too early to take an optimistic approach to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, says Jerome Kim, the director general of the International Vaccine Institute, calling on the Korean government to take preemptive action and come up with an in-depth strategy for a possible wave of the fast-spreading variant.“While the coronavirus may eventually mutate toward a more ...