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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, December 7, 2022 | 12:56
Number of non-family households hits record high
An office worker surnamed Jeong, 29, has been living together with her boyfriend for over two years in a studio apartment in Yeongdeungpo District, southwestern Seoul. Saving rent and spending more time together were the main reasons why they chose to live together, but two years on, Jeong feels there are many more benefits.
Gov't to launch research department to improve refugee screening
The Ministry of Justice is seeking to launch a new department dedicated to collecting and analyzing data on human rights, security and political situations in crisis-prone countries, in an effort to better ensure fairness and transparency in Korea's refugee-screening process. The ministry has recently announced plans to conduct research into overseas cases in operating Countr...
Gov't plan to lower school entry age faces strong backlash
The government's plan to lower the age of entry to elementary school to five years old from the current six by as soon as 2025 is triggering hot debate among teachers, parents and civic groups. During a policy briefing to President Yoon Suk-yeol on Friday, Education Minister Park Soon-ae said her ministry seeks to lower the school-entry age to five and thereby allow children ...
Experts explain rationale behind Korea's adoption of 'autonomous' social distancing
Korea may be able to avoid the worst-case scenario of reaching 300,000 daily COVID-19 infections during the peak of the current wave, according to some medical experts, who were cautiously optimistic about how the virus situation could develop in the coming weeks. Driven by the highly contagious BA.5 Omicron subvariant, health authorities and experts had previously projected ...
Korea to attract immigrants to depopulated rural areas
The government plans to attract immigrants to settle in rural regions that are struggling with severe labor shortages due to a rapidly shrinking population. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Justice announced the launch of the so-called region-specific visa, which will be granted from October this year to foreign nationals seeking to live and work in rural regions designated...
Gov't stresses 'autonomy-based' quarantine measures to fight COVID-19 surge
The government has announced plans to curb the ongoing COVID-19 wave through “autonomy- and solidarity-based” quarantine measures in daily life, Wednesday, as Korea is grappling with a massive surge of infections fueled by the highly transmissible BA.5 Omicron subvariant. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) has ruled out the reintroduction of a mandatory so...
A closer look inside Korea's vaccine training center
Songdo, INCHEON ― The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having a local manufacturing infrastructure for medical equipment and vaccines moving forward, and scientists have raised concerns about the increasing threat of new zoonotic diseases emerging amid continuing climate change and urbanization.
Korea steps up COVID-19 measures amid surging sixth wave
The government decided Wednesday to secure an additional 4,000 hospital beds, as well as increase the number of testing centers and the distribution of self-testing kits amid the resurgence of new COVID-19 infections caused by the fast-spreading BA.5 Omicron subvariant. Some health experts, however, are urging the government to reintroduce social distancing measures at least ...
Study finds correlation between pandemic-induced socio-economic difficulties and suicide
One in five people who died by suicide since 2020 had suffered exacerbated socio-economic difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a government report, Tuesday. The Ministry of Health and Welfare disclosed the results of psychological autopsies compiled between 2015 and 2021 through joint research conducted with the Korea Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Gov't reduces financial support for COVID-19 patients amid explosive spike in cases
The government's recent decision to reduce financial support for COVID-19 patients has drawn criticism from civic groups and medical experts, who expressed concerns that many cases could go undetected as people skip getting tested. As Korea continues to grapple with a new wave of infections led by the BA.5 subvariant of Omicron, the country reported 73,582 new infections for ...
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