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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Fri, October 22, 2021 | 10:27
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 ...
Over 40 civic groups call for equitable vaccine access for foreign nationals
A coalition of over 40 civic organizations around the issue of human rights for migrants is calling on the government to ensure that all residents of foreign nationality have equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, pointing out that they are equal members of society and should not be excluded from the vaccine rollout. The government announced earlier that individuals of foreig...
Booster shot plan premature: medical experts
While the government is considering the possibility of providing booster shots to better respond to the spread of coronavirus variants, medical experts believe it is too early for Korea to discuss a third round of inoculations, citing its slow vaccine rollout. Amid rising cases of infections by the rapidly spreading variant viruses, including the Delta variant, the Korea Dise...
Delta variant emerges as new pandemic threat to Korea
With the Delta variant of COVID-19 having been detected in around 80 countries worldwide, fear is rising that the highly infectious mutation of the coronavirus may become the dominant strain in Korea. The Delta variant, which originated in India, is known to be three times more transmissible than the original virus and 50 percent more contagious than the Alpha variant first r...
Austrian nurse receives Florence Nightingale Medal
Sister Marianne Stoeger from Austria has been awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal, recognized for her more than 40 years of dedication to leprosy patients on Korea's remote Sorok Island, according to the Korea Nurses Association. The medal is awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross to those distinguished in the nursing field for showing exceptional courage ...
'Korean-style basic income system needed'
Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong said the old should cooperate with the young in tackling the issues of deepening inequality among the younger generations, in order to build an equal and inclusive society. His remarks came during an online discussion session held Monday with Nobel Prize-winning economist Abhijit Banerjee on inequality issues in Korea and the importance of public e...
[SPECIAL REPORT] Korea urged to improve migrant policy to reflect diverse needs
The struggles experienced by foreign residents in Korean society are becoming more and more complex over time, as they face various challenges depending on their employment status, family environment and financial standing. However, the government's policies on migrant support measures overall are focused on legal status, often failing to align with the actual needs of each m...
Mixed responses rise over forthcoming eased social distancing rules
The government's latest decision to ease social distancing measures, such as gathering bans and limits on the operating hours of eateries, cafes and entertainment facilities beginning next month has drawn a mixed response from medical experts and business owners. The experts warn that a premature relaxation of gathering bans may lead to an increase in COVID-19 infections, whi...
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