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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Thu, July 7, 2022 | 10:31
Why mask wearing requirement still stands in Korea?
The government has decided to continue its mask wearing requirement, despite anticipation from some that it might have been lifted along with social distancing measures, due to concerns from the presidential transition committee that it is premature to remove it. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced Friday the lifting of the social distancing measures on business oper...
Seoul considers proposal for domed baseball field
Seoul City announced Friday that it will positively review a proposal for a domed baseball stadium in Songpa District, southeastern Seoul.
How South Korea's complex age custom has endured
“How old are you?” Answering this simple question often becomes a challenge for foreign nationals living in Korea who are not yet familiar with the country's unique system of counting one's age. In fact, when Koreans are asked their age by foreign nationals, they tend to give several answers, followed by an explanation about the different ways of counting age. Korea has three...
Kim Dae-ki named presidential chief of staff
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol tapped Kim Dae-ki, a veteran bureaucrat with decades-long experience in key government agencies, including the presidential office, as the chief of staff of his administration, which will kick off on May 10.
Korea begins transition to 'post-Omicron' era
As COVID-19 infections are gradually showing signs of slowing down, the government is gearing up to shift to a “post-Omicron” era, in which the coronavirus might be treated as an endemic disease and COVID-19 might be managed more routinely within the general medical system.
Controversy continues over establishment of Korea's 1st for-profit hospital
A recent court ruling against a ban on Korea's first for-profit hospital from receiving domestic patients has prompted a strong backlash from doctors and civic groups, who expressed concerns that the ruling may mark the beginning of the privatization of the country's healthcare services. The decision has added fuel to the ongoing controversy surrounding the opening of Greenla...
Korea scraps almost all COVID-19 restrictions
The government has decided to ease COVID-19 social distancing measures further, Friday, in what is anticipated to be the last adjustment on the distancing rules before scrapping all quarantine regulations in the coming weeks. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said Friday that it will relax social distancing measures from Monday until April 17, allowing multiuse facilities su...
[SPECIAL REPORT] Koryoin feel at home in Gwangju
GWANGJU - Cyrillic signboards line the streets of a residential area in Gwangsan District in the city of Gwangju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul. Referred to by its residents as “Koryoin Village,” the peaceful yet unique neighborhood encompasses restaurants, groceries, cafes, bakeries and hair salons that are owned by Koryoin residents, or ethnic Koreans from Russia and C...
Korea set to lift COVID-19 restrictions on operating hours, private gatherings
The presidential transition committee urged the government to review lifting COVID-19 restrictions such as limits on operating hours of multiuse facilities, Wednesday, once it is determined that the current Omicron wave has passed its peak. “If the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters confirms that infections have entered a downward trend, social distancin...
Prosecutors worldwide call for protection of journalists
Violent crimes against journalists worldwide are on the rise but many of the cases are being closed without any judicial action, according to the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), which has vowed to strengthen efforts to ensure the safety of journalists.
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