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Reporter : Bahk Eun-ji
Sun, September 26, 2021 | 02:31
Controversy rises over palm tree photo zone on Gyeongpo Beach
Controversy is brewing over palm trees planted by Gangneung City on Gyeongpo Beach for the purpose of providing a unique tourist experience. The city government of Gangneung in Gangwon Province said Thursday that it had planted the 46 palm trees, including Washington filifera and Phoenix canariensis, around Gyeongpo Beach and the Gangneung KTX Station to provide a unique attr...
Korea sees growing number of breakthrough infections
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Thursday that more than 5,000 cases of breakthrough coronavirus infections, mostly among young men who received Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine, have been detected as of Sept. 12. According to the KDCA, 5,880 people tested positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated with the one-shot vaccine.
Fear grows over resurgence of infections due to Chuseok gatherings
Concerns are growing over the possibility of the current fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic worsening, as the number of infections is feared to surge again following family gatherings during the Chuseok holidays. While infections in Seoul and the surrounding area still account for 77 percent of the nation's total, a further spike in cases in areas outside of the capital are...
Gov't on alert over Chuseok gatherings
The health authorities are urging citizens to refrain from gathering and traveling, amid growing concerns that the country's virus cases are likely to reach a peak during the Chuseok holiday, the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving, which runs from Sept. 20 to 22 this year.
Seoul City to set up investment agency
Seoul City will set up an organization in charge of attracting foreign investment into the city, similar to the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, as a part of its bid to increase the city's competitiveness and establish the city as Asia's digital financial hub, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said, Wednesday. This is a core part of the mayor's Seoul Vision 2030, a master...
Parents hesitant about vaccinating children over safety concerns
Debate is arising over the government's plan to allow COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 12 to 17 starting next month. Some parents say the inoculations will ensure their children's safety and allow them to be more active, while others say they are concerned about potential side effects.
Educators, city gov't at odds over 'Seoul Learn'
Seoul Learn, one of Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon's campaign promises to provide underprivileged students with online lectures from well-known private academies (“hagwon” in Korean) for free, began operating officially at the end of last month. Although the goal is to bridge the educational disparity between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds, a controversy has arisen...
Contactless holiday reduces stress: survey
Less Koreans experience stress which they used to have during family gatherings during traditional holidays, as the number of get-togethers with relatives has decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey showed, Friday. According to a survey of 3,033 adults conducted by recruiting platform Saramin, 40.2 percent of respondents said they feel stressed about the upcoming Chu...
Shoplifting increases along with rise in unmanned stores
The number of unmanned stores has risen as shop owners have sought to cut costs due to financial burdens suffered from the increase in the basic wage and a dearth of customers due to the COVID-19 pandemic along with the proliferation of online shopping options. Along with the increasing quantity of such stores, however, the number of cases of theft taking place in the absence...
Increasing infections at schools raise concerns
Concerns are rising among students and parents as COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in schools, after elementary, middle and high schools resumed in-person classes in late August for the second semester of the year. Some parents are calling for the expansion of online classes again, as only high school seniors have been vaccinated, but the education authorities say in-person less...
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