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Koreans reluctant to unmask on first day of eased indoor mask rule
Monday marked the first day of the drastic easing of Korea's indoor mask mandate after it was enforced nationwide in October 2020. Starting midnight, wearing a mask in most indoor facilities has become optional with a few exemptions. People are no longer legally obliged to wear masks indoors, except at hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, welfare centers for people with disa...
Biohealth geared for growth
On Jan. 9, the Ministry of Health and Welfare reported to President Yoon Suk Yeol concerning its 2023 plan, of which the main tasks include leaping forward as a leading country in the field of biohealth through human resource cultivation, deregulation and export support.
Seoul International School celebrates 50th anniversary
Seoul International School (SIS), one of the oldest international schools in Korea, is celebrating 50 years of its establishment this year. The educational institution in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, was founded in 1973 by Edward Ben Adams, who envisioned creating an international school independent of political and religious affiliations.
Korea to lift indoor mask mandate Monday
An indoor mask mandate imposed nationwide comes to an end, Monday, with few exemptions such as hospitals and public transit. But it remains to be seen whether Koreans will immediately stop wearing masks, a practice they have gotten used to for the last three years. Following an announcement by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), people are no longer legall...
Temperatures to drop to minus 17 degrees next week
Korea is bracing for the coldest spell so far this winter as temperatures are expected to drop to as low as minus 17 degrees Celsius next week, contributing to harsh winter weather conditions for the Lunar New Year long weekend, which runs from Saturday to Tuesday.
Relaxed mask-wearing rules unlikely to result in uptick in COVID cases: experts
An indoor mask mandate, which has been in place for two years and three months in Korea, will end from 12:00 a.m., Jan. 30, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Friday. But the authorities stressed that people will still be required to wear masks at high-risk facilities such as hospitals and on public transport.
Labor union protests police raid on espionage suspects
Korea's major umbrella labor union strongly condemned the government on Thursday after its offices were raided by police and the spy agency the previous day. The labor union threatened to stage a nationwide strike in response to what it views as the persecution of labor union activities. On Wednesday morning, the National Police Agency (NPA) and the National Intelligence Serv...
Dispute escalates between street vendors and Chinese school in Myeong-dong
Several streetside eateries and stores in Myeong-dong, downtown Seoul, were demolished overnight following a monthslong dispute with a Chinese school located nearby. The vendors are crying foul over the school's move, arguing that it illegally tore down their property. But the school claims that the merchants had been doing business on their land without legal permits. On ear...
Indoor mask mandate likely to be dropped from Jan. 30
The indoor mask mandate, which has been in place for over two years in Korea, is highly likely to be removed at the end of January, after the Lunar New Year holidays which run from Jan. 21 to 24. The Ministry of Health and Welfare will announce detailed measures Friday on when and how the mask rule will be phased out.
Gov't urged to bring in foreign caregivers to tackle shortage of workers
The government is being urged by operators of nursing facilities to ease visa rules and attract more foreign nationals to work as caregivers here as the country grapples with an increasing shortage of paid caretakers amid a rapidly aging population. Caregivers are hired to assist the elderly and sick people either in their homes or at nursing facilities. Their responsibilitie...