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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, December 7, 2022 | 12:11
Korea mulls lifting pre-departure COVID-19 tests for inbound travelers
The government is reviewing whether to lift COVID-19 testing regulations for inbound travelers in response to calls from the tourism industry and businesses to drop the stringent border control measure that now remains in only a few countries. Under current measures, all travelers, regardless of their vaccination history and nationality, must submit the results of a PCR test ...
Surgeon shortage raises red flag
Korea is considered an advanced country when it comes to the provision of healthcare services, as essential medical services are offered at relatively affordable prices thanks to the nation's solid state-run medical insurance system. But the recent death of a nurse working at one of the biggest hospitals in the country has revealed a serious vacuum in the medical system due t...
Gov't seeks to apply stricter health insurance criteria on foreigners
The government plans to apply stricter standards on National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) coverage of foreign residents' dependents, hoping to control expenditures by the public health insurance system.
Literacy levels among Koreans falling
Korea boasts a literacy rate of 98 percent, meaning that almost everyone aged 15 and above can read and write, however, an increasing number of people seem to be having difficulties using certain literacy skills in their daily lives.
Western, traditional Korean medicine doctors clash over terminology
Western and traditional Korean medicine, both of which are widely practiced in Korea, take different approaches in treating a patient. The former focuses mainly on diagnosing a disease based on a patient's symptoms and treats ailments by using drugs and surgery. In contrast, traditional Korean medicine approaches diagnosis, treatment and prevention as a whole, with the aim of...
Commemorating National Liberation Day
President Yoon Suk-yeol, center, takes part in a ceremony at the Seoul National Cemetery in Dongjak District, Seoul, Sunday, to transfer the remains of 17 independence fighters buried at a cemetery in Northern Seoul to the Daejeon National Cemetery, ahead of the 77th National Libe...
Seoul City to phase out semi-basements as dwellings
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is planning to phase out the use of semi-basements as dwellings as a number of people living in semi-basement flats were killed when Seoul was hit with torrential rains and flooding, underscoring the vulnerability of those in poor living conditions. Seoul and its surrounding areas were pounded with record-breaking rainfall for two straight da...
Korea urged to take preemptive steps to deal with climate change-induced disasters
After Seoul and its surrounding areas were battered by record-breaking downpours over the last two days, experts are calling for preemptive mitigation and prevention efforts, warning that the country may witness more extreme weather events caused by climate change.
'Pandemic kids': Plan to lower school entry age backfires
First grade in elementary school is widely considered a milestone year for children, when their academic learning begins in earnest, leaving behind the play-based activities of kindergarten. They also begin to create their individual identities outside of the home and acquire social skills through daily interactions with peers. The debate about the ideal age to start school i...
Amid explosive COVID-19 spread, gov't announces 'targeted' measures
The government announced “targeted” quarantine measures, Wednesday, while the country is grappling with an explosive increase of infections driven by the super contagious and antibody-evading BA.5 Omicron subvariant.
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