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Wed, February 1, 2023 | 22:08
Police officers, firefighters protest against accusations of negligence
Police officers and firefighters are crying foul over accusations of negligence in their response to the Itaewon crowd crush disaster on the night of Oct. 29. They claim that they are being scapegoated by related authorities, and urged higher-level government officials to take responsibility instead of passing the buck on to others.
Retrieved debris of North Korean missile
Moon Hong-sik, deputy spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense, gives a briefing at the ministry's headquarters in Seoul about retrieved debris from a missile that North Korea launched across its de facto maritime border with South Korea on Nov. 2. The ministry said the missile is presumed to be the "SA-5" similar to one used by Russia in the Ukraine war. Joint Press ...
Korea's emergency medical response to disasters needs improvement
More lives could have been saved in the Itaewon crowd crush, had the country's emergency medical resources been mobilized more effectively, according to medical experts. They called for improvements to the medical response system in the wake of the tragic accident on Oct. 29, which killed at least 156 people and injured nearly 200. In particular, they pointed out the absence ...
Gov't prepares to set up migrant policy agency
The Ministry of Justice is speeding up its plan to establish a new government agency for migrant-related policies, with the aim of coming up with detailed measures by early 2023, according to the ministry, Tuesday. The ministry will create a task force under the supervision of the Korea Immigration Service (KIS) Commissioner, consisting of eight officials, which will draw up ...
Former Yongsan Police head charged with negligence in Itaewon tragedy
Lee Im-jae, the former head of Yongsan Police Station, has been charged with negligence over his belated, botched response to the massive crowd crush that occurred in the Itaewon area of Seoul on the night of Oct. 29, according to an independent investigative team at the National Police Agency, Monday. Lee was temporarily removed from his post, Nov. 2, three days after the di...
How emergency communication system failed in Itaewon disaster
While an intensive investigation of the massive crowd crush in Itaewon is underway, communication failures between the government's emergency-related agencies are being pointed to as one of the major reasons behind the government's inadequate response to the disaster. At least 156 people were killed and nearly 200 were injured in the crowd crush that occurred during the Hallo...
Korea expands updated COVID-19 vaccines amid resurgence concerns
Starting today, the administration of Pfizer's bivalent COVID-19 vaccines targeting the BA.1 subvariant of Omicron will be expanded to people aged 18 and above amid growing concerns over a resurgence of infections this winter.
Koreans move out of pandemic's shadow after nearly 3 years of battling COVID-19
When Korea confirmed its first case of the coronavirus on Jan. 20, 2020, few expected the respiratory virus to be around for this long, or to disrupt people's daily lives this severely. At the peak of social distancing restrictions, private gatherings of more than two people were prohibited in the evenings, while restaurants and bars were forced to close at 9 p.m. As of Oct. ...
Gov't strengthens CPR training to teenagers
In the wake of the deadly large-scale crowd crush in Itaewon, which has highlighted the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid skills, the government is expanding CPR training to teenagers and workers at youth-related facilities.
Promised aid slow to arrive for families of foreign victims in Itaewon tragedy
Gulieva Giunai, a Russian student at Kwangwoon University, was devastated when she learned that her friend Kristina was among the 26 foreign nationals killed in the crowd crush in Itaewon on the night of Oct. 29. Although they were from different cities of Russia, the two had known each other since 2020 when they attended Korean language classes together at a university in No...
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