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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, October 20, 2021 | 19:03
Korea enters 4th wave of pandemic
Korea is now experiencing a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the health authorities, with the daily caseload for Tuesday reaching the second-highest since the coronavirus outbreak here. In response, the authorities decided to keep the current social distancing level for Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan area, but warned that it may be raised to the high...
Calls rise to strengthen quarantine measures for greater Seoul area
Calls are rising for the government to strengthen social distancing measures in the greater Seoul area, as the current level is failing to curb rapidly spreading new COVID-19 infections in the region. Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province and Incheon were initially under Level 2 distancing under a new four-tier system adopted this month, but the central and the local go...
School teachers angered by mandatory drug screening
An elementary school teacher in her 20s surnamed Lee living in Gyeonggi Province recently had to undergo a drug test for the first time in her life, after it became a mandatory process for teachers at public schools. “It was unpleasant, being treated like a potential drug addict,” she told The Korea Times. She also experienced frustration due to a lack of guidance from the ed...
Gov't vows legal action against 8,000-strong labor union rally
The government has vowed to take legal action against a massive rally held by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) on Saturday, which the umbrella union pushed ahead with despite the government's warning that it would be in violation of quarantine measures against the coronavirus pandemic. Health authorities and police have called the rally “illegal” and are review...
Sporadic rain to continue this week
People holding umbrellas cross the road in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, Sunday. Heavy rain that pounded most regions during the weekend stopped Sunday without any major damage to facilities, but sporadic showers are expected to continue nationwide throughout the week, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. Yonhap
Calls rising to reinvestigate five death cases concluded as suicides
Calls are rising for the police to reinvestigate five cases in which the causes of death were concluded to be suicide, including a recent case in Daegu, as some people suspect the deaths may be work of serial killer given the similarities of the cases. According to Daegu Metropolitan Police Agency, two girls aged 18 and 19 were found dead near a construction site in Jung Dist...
Ex-justice minister files 1-billion-won damage suit against conservative newspaper
Former Justice Minister Cho Kuk has filed a 1-billion-won ($890,000) damage suit against the Chosun Ilbo, a conservative daily newspaper, for using an illustration of his family in an article about soliciting a prostitute. The ex-minister filed the lawsuit at the Seoul Central District Court, Wednesday, seeking 500 million won each, from the reporter who wrote the article and...
Debate continues over cameras in operating rooms
The continuing debate over the need to have surveillance cameras inside hospital operating rooms has resurfaced after a series of alleged medical malpractice cases during surgery made headlines recently. In May, a hospital in Incheon west of Seoul, specializing in spinal surgery was found to have allegedly allowed administrative staff to perform surgical procedures such as in...
[INTERVIEW] Korea launches electronic travel authorization system
Border management has become one of the biggest challenges for countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, as strict control is needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while the right to essential cross-border movement should also be guaranteed. Korea Immigration Service (KIS) Commissioner Cha Gyu-geun said that swift COVID-19 response measures have been a major task for...
Korea set to ease social distancing amid lingering concerns
Social distancing measures here will be significantly eased from Thursday as announced earlier by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, despite lingering concerns over a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and an increasing rate of infections by variants of the coronavirus. Concerns are mounting that the eased measures may lead to an increase in infections, especially among young and ...
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