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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, February 1, 2023 | 22:02
Crowded subways trigger anxiety after Itaewon disaster
A 30-year-old office worker surnamed Lee, who travels on Seoul Metro Line 9 in her morning commute from Dangsan Station to Sinnonhyeon Station, got off the train midway on Monday morning, feeling shortness of breath. “I couldn't breathe. It's not the first time I felt like I was suffocating during my morning subway ride, but it was so serious, like a panic attack,” she said. ...
What went wrong in Itaewon on Halloween weekend?
While the nation is in grief over the deadliest crowd crush that occurred in Seoul's Itaewon entertainment district on Saturday night, it remains unclear exactly what led to the horrific incident. The unexpected tragedy occurred after a mass of people were crammed in a narrow, sloped alley, killing at least 154 people and injuring 149 - mostly in their 20s - who were celebrat...
Korea faces 7th wave of COVID-19 pandemic
Korea is facing a fresh wave of COVID-19 infections, but it may be less severe than previous ones due to the build-up of immunity from prior infections and vaccinations, according to medical experts. The experts anticipate the newly emerging Omicron variants BQ.1 and offspring BQ 1.1 - also known as Typhon and Cerberus respectively - to lead the upcoming seventh wave, replaci...
1 in 5 1st graders struggles with math
Mathematics is often considered one the most challenging subjects for students, and many tend to give up learning it in their high school years as the subject gets more advanced. But an increasing number of students are struggling with math from a basic level, showed a recent study conducted by the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE), which found that nearly ...
[INTERVIEW] Korea is outlier on face masks: Australian health expert
Korea is an outlier when it comes to the mask mandate and people's tendency to wear face masks, says Sharon Lewin, director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. “I've been travelling to a lot of countries and Korea is an outlier on masks. I'd be very interested to know if it is making a big difference to your numbers (of infections),” the Australian infe...
Korea hosts 2022 World Bio Summit
The Korean government and the World Health Organization (WHO) will jointly host the 2022 World Bio Summit in Seoul from Oct. 25 to 26, gathering various health experts, the heads of international organizations and the leaders of top biopharmaceutical firms.
[INTERVIEW] Migration offers solution to Korea's shrinking workforce: IOM deputy chief
Inclusive immigration policies could be a major solution to address Korea's aging population and shrinking labor force, says Amy Pope, deputy director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who stressed that the country should establish fair labor practices to protect migrant workers' rights.
Medical tourists return to Korea as pandemic ebbs
The medical tourism industry was one of the sectors hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic as countries around the world imposed travel restrictions. But now, with borders opening up again, foreign nationals seeking medical treatment are coming back to Korea.
City gov't leaders discuss ways to tackle global crises in Daejeon
Over 1,200 city government officials from around the world gathered in Daejeon to discuss ways for cooperation in tackling global crises at the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress hosted by the Daejeon Metropolitan Government. The UCLG is a global network of cities and metropolitan governments, committed to representing the voices of local municipalities...
[SPECIAL REPORT] Filipina's Korean dream dashed by trafficking, sexual coercion
ISABELA PROVINCE, Philippines - On the evening of Sept. 5, Nica's powerful voice filled the dimly lit live music bar located on a roadside in Ilagan, the capital city of Isabela Province in the northeastern region of Luzon Island. Nica is a pseudonym given to the victim for safety reasons. The Filipina singer, who is pretty well known in her province, sang a list of soulful p...
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