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Temperatures to drop to minus 17 degrees next week
Korea is bracing for the coldest spell so far this winter as temperatures are expected to drop to as low as minus 17 degrees Celsius next week, contributing to harsh winter weather conditions for the Lunar New Year long weekend, which runs from Saturday to Tuesday.
Relaxed mask-wearing rules unlikely to result in uptick in COVID cases: experts
An indoor mask mandate, which has been in place for two years and three months in Korea, will end from 12:00 a.m., Jan. 30, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Friday. But the authorities stressed that people will still be required to wear masks at high-risk facilities such as hospitals and on public transport.
Labor union protests police raid on espionage suspects
Korea's major umbrella labor union strongly condemned the government on Thursday after its offices were raided by police and the spy agency the previous day. The labor union threatened to stage a nationwide strike in response to what it views as the persecution of labor union activities. On Wednesday morning, the National Police Agency (NPA) and the National Intelligence Serv...
Dispute escalates between street vendors and Chinese school in Myeong-dong
Several streetside eateries and stores in Myeong-dong, downtown Seoul, were demolished overnight following a monthslong dispute with a Chinese school located nearby. The vendors are crying foul over the school's move, arguing that it illegally tore down their property. But the school claims that the merchants had been doing business on their land without legal permits. On ear...
Indoor mask mandate likely to be dropped from Jan. 30
The indoor mask mandate, which has been in place for over two years in Korea, is highly likely to be removed at the end of January, after the Lunar New Year holidays which run from Jan. 21 to 24. The Ministry of Health and Welfare will announce detailed measures Friday on when and how the mask rule will be phased out.
Gov't urged to bring in foreign caregivers to tackle shortage of workers
The government is being urged by operators of nursing facilities to ease visa rules and attract more foreign nationals to work as caregivers here as the country grapples with an increasing shortage of paid caretakers amid a rapidly aging population. Caregivers are hired to assist the elderly and sick people either in their homes or at nursing facilities. Their responsibilitie...
Cold snap to grip nation following heavy snow
Heavy snowfall has blanketed the mountainous regions in Gangwon Province and the eastern coastline, Sunday, triggering the government to mobilize the emergency response system. As of 3 p.m., mountainous regions in Gangwon Province, such as Misiryeong of Mount Seorak were piled under 57 centimeters of snow, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA). Other regi...
Will Korea lift mask mandate before Lunar New Year holiday?
The government remains prudent over scrapping the indoor mask mandate despite its previous plans to review relaxing the measures actively once the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations enter a stable downward trend. The number of new infections and critical cases have been showing a declining trend over the last couple of weeks, with 32,570 daily cases reported for Sa...
Korean gov't refutes claims of discrimination against Chinese travelers
The Ministry of Health and Welfare has refuted claims raised by Chinese media that travelers from China are subject to “insulting” treatment on arrival here, such as being locked up in a dark room, due to Korea's strengthened entry measures. Under tightened COVID-19 restrictions, travelers from China, Hong Kong and Macau who plan to stay in Korea for 90 days or less should ta...
Health ministry pushes to raise medical student quota despite backlash from doctors
The Ministry of Health and Welfare and medical groups are at loggerheads over the government's proposal to increase the medical student quota, a plan which the government had previously retracted following fierce protests from doctors in 2020. The thorny issue was brought up again in the ministry's New Year policy briefing to President Yoon Suk Yeol, Monday, promising to spee...
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