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Wed, December 7, 2022 | 11:59
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...
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 ...
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