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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Thu, March 30, 2023 | 23:12
Korea reports 1st case of brain-eating amoeba infection
Korea has identified its first case of Naegleria fowleri infection. A man in his 50s, who died 10 days after displaying symptoms of the rare but highly lethal infection, is suspected of being exposed to the brain-eating amoeba in Thailand.
White Christmas unlikely
Chances are slim for Korea to see a white Christmas this year, according to the latest forecast from the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), which predicts sunny, frigid weather on the holiday. Friday's heavy snowfall which blanketed the western coastal regions, including the Chungcheong provinces, Jeolla provinces and Jeju Island, is expected to continue until the mor...
Experts split over Korea's roadmap to lifting indoor mask mandate
The government unveiled, Friday, a detailed roadmap on lifting the indoor mask mandate, cautiously predicting that it may be scrapped by the end of January at the earliest. Yet medical experts are still debating whether the country is ready to ditch the indoor mask rule, one of the last remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Korea. While some doctors viewed that masks should now ...
[ANALYSIS] How healthcare reform has become President Yoon's policy priority
gettyimagesbankBy Lee Hyo-jin Korea is one of the leading countries in healthcare services. Medical services are widely accessible to the public, thanks to the solid health insurance program, which protects patients from catastrophic medical bills. In the last few years, however, critics have been sounding the alarm over the financial stability of the National Health Insuranc...
Night shift mandate for male workers ignites controversy
The human rights commission is facing a backlash from some men, as well as a ruling party lawmaker, after rejecting a petition calling for a change to the corporate practice of obligating only male employees to work night shifts. The commission said the practice is not seen as discrimination based on gender.
More snow and freezing weather to hit nation
Korea saw temperatures rise above freezing on Wednesday, offering a brief respite from the week-long freezing weather. But a cold snap accompanied by more heavy snow is expected to grip the nation again from Thursday through Christmas Eve.
Korea urged to prepare for new COVID-19 variants from China
Korea should brace for a possible influx of new coronavirus variants from China, says local medical experts, who worry that the neighboring country's abrupt reopening policies could spawn mutations of the virus. After the Chinese government abruptly rolled back its yearslong zero-COVID-19 strategy earlier this month, the nation is currently facing what could possibly be the w...
Health minister reaffirms need for state insurance reforms
Health and Welfare Minister Cho Kyu-hong reaffirmed the need to reform the national health insurance program in order to enhance its financial sustainability and better provide medical services to people in need. “During the last five years, the expansion of health insurance coverage has led to a tremendous increase in medical expenses (of the state insurance program) in a sh...
Why men are at higher risk of dying alone than women
A rising number of lonely deaths, or “Godoksa” in Korean, has been widely considered as a consequence of the country's rapidly aging population. It was often thought that the unattended deaths, which go unnoticed for days, or even months, usually occur among elderly people who had been cut off from their families, relatives and neighbors for a long time. In Korea, however, th...
Cold snap to continue this week
A nationwide cold spell accompanied by heavy snow and biting winds, which has sparked travel chaos in many parts of the nation, is expected to continue through this week, according to the state weather agency. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said morning lows in Seoul plummeted to minus 12 degrees Celsius on Sunday, marking the coldest weather this season, with ...
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