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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, May 25, 2022 | 12:17
Why it's so hard to catch taxi at night
Last Saturday night, a Seoul resident surnamed Lee, 29, called for a taxi through a mobile app, to get home after an evening gathering with her friends in Itaewon. But no taxis were available. “My friends and I were on the street for over an hour trying to catch a taxi. It was a nightmare. We downloaded several apps to call at least one cab and share the ride, but we all fail...
Korea grapples with hospital bed crisis
Korea is grappling with a shortage of hospital beds for coronavirus patients due to a surge in the numbers of daily new infections and critically ill patients amid the government's gradual phase-out of social distancing measures. Hospital beds are filling up rapidly especially in Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan area, forcing patients to wait for more than a day for hos...
Silent tribute to late ex-president
Yoon Seok-youl, center, the presidential candidate of the main opposition People Power Party, pays a silent tribute to late former President Kim Young-sam on the sixth anniversary of his death, with other members of the party's Supreme Council ahead of their meeting at the National Assembly, Monday. Joint Press Corps
Coal briquette donation
Volunteers deliver charcoal briquette donations for impoverished residents in a village in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Monday. Briquettes are still used as fuel for heating and cooking in some old homes. Yonhap
Schools cautiously resume in-person classes amid surging infections
All kindergartens and schools across the country will return to full-scale in-person classes from Monday, despite the continuous surge in daily COVID-19 infections and the number of critically ill patients. While the government has eased social distancing regulations from Nov. 1 under the first step of its three-phase plan on “returning to normalcy,” full resumption of studen...
Flip-flopping on vaccine policy irks public, lowers trust in gov't
The government's inconsistent COVID-19 vaccination policies are inconveniencing the public, with some beginning to lose trust in the inoculation program due to frequent changes to dose intervals and age limits. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) announced Wednesday the shortening of the interval between primary vaccinations and booster shots to four months...
Welfare center for Myanmarese workers wins Minu Memorial Award
A local welfare center supporting migrant workers from Myanmar has won the Minu Memorial Award, recognized for its contribution to enhancing migrant worker's rights and helping them settle in Korea. The Minu Memorial Award was established in 2020 by a group of supporters of Minod Moktan, the late migrant worker and activist from Nepal, to commemorate his death and remember hi...
Immigration detention center urged to address human rights violations
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) has urged immigration authorities to address human rights violations that occurred at an immigration detention center and come up with measures to prevent recurrence. The human rights watchdog expressed this opinion, Tuesday, in response to a petition filed by a Moroccan man in his 30s who is currently being held at Hwaseo...
More young Koreans choose to leave the nest
Park Yu-hui, 25, an office worker, lives alone in Jongno District in central Seoul. She moved out from her parents' house located in Incheon, a port city west of Seoul, to a 17-square-meter studio apartment in July as soon as she found a job. As her workplace is located in Seongdong District of Seoul, saving time on the daily commute was one of the major reasons she moved out...
Medical capacity for critically ill COVID-19 patients in jeopardy
The country's national public health system is at risk of being overwhelmed by surging coronavirus patients in critical condition amid the gradual phase-out of social distancing measures under the government's “Living with COVID-19” strategy. The number of critically ill patients - those requiring ventilators, high-flow oxygen therapy, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECM...
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