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Vaccine-booking system crashes again, causing problems for millions
Korea's coronavirus vaccination reservation for people in their 50s is not running smoothly, with repeated crashes in the booking system frustrating the people, and delays in vaccine deliveries causing setbacks to the inoculation plan. According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), people aged between 50 and 59 will be administered with their first Moder...
Sudden rain
A woman walks near City Hall, central Seoul, Monday, covering her head with a bag as torrential rainfall hit the region, with Seoul put under a heavy rain advisory due to atmospheric instability amid a heat wave, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. After more rainfall Tuesday, a heat wave is forecast across the country. Yonhap
Korean, Australian trade ministers' meeting
Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee bumps elbows with her Australian counterpart Dan Tehan, ahead of their meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, Monday. The two ministers agreed on stronger cooperation for investments into and development of mineral resources including rare earth elements. Yonhap
Worst infection cluster devastates ROK naval mission to Africa
An infection cluster among members of Korea's anti-piracy Cheonghae unit in waters off Africa has drawn the criticism that the government and the military's negligence and mismanagement of the situation have resulted in the largest group infection in the military since COVID-19 reached the country.
Gov't to expand stricter gathering ban to non-capital areas
The government has decided to expand its ban on private gatherings of five or more people nationwide, alarmed by the rise in COVID-19 cases outside the capital region amid the fourth wave of infections sweeping the country. “Starting Monday, the ban on private gatherings of more than five people will be expanded nationwide,” said Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum at a COVID-19 resp...
COVID-19 healthcare workers struggling with burnout and fatigue
As Korea grapples with a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the surge in patients and long lines at testing centers are taking a toll on frontline medical workers who are suffering from burnout and exhaustion. During the past 18 months since the first coronavirus outbreak here in January of last year, healthcare workers have been hailed as heroes for their sacrifices and c...
'Gender ministry's role essential in eradicating discrimination'
Gender Equality and Family Minister Chung Young-ai said Wednesday that Korea needs her ministry, which is tasked with supporting women's rights and eradicating discrimination and legal violations against the socially marginalized. Chung's remarks came after several conservative politicians called for the gender ministry to be dismantled, accusing the organization of accomplis...
New minimum wage draws backlash from both labor union, business
The country's hourly minimum wage for 2022 has been set at 9,160 won ($7.98), a 5.1 percent increase from the current 8,720 won, which did not satisfy either the union or business sectors. Unions expressed anger over President Moon Jae-in's unfulfilled campaign pledge to hike the minimum wage to 10,000 won per hour during his five-year-term, as this year's negotiations were t...
Gov't reviews home treatment for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients
The government is considering introducing a home treatment plan for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients amid growing concerns that the ongoing spike in infections especially in Seoul and its neighboring areas may lead to a shortage of hospital beds. Unlike during the third wave of infections last winter when Korea suffered a shortage of ICU beds for critically ill patients, the co...
Korea imposes toughest social distancing measures in capital area
The government has imposed its toughest level of social distancing measures in Seoul and its surrounding areas starting Monday to tackle a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seoul, the surrounding Gyeonggi Province and the port city of Incheon to the west will be placed under Level 4 ...
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