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Experts explain rationale behind Korea's adoption of 'autonomous' social distancing
Korea may be able to avoid the worst-case scenario of reaching 300,000 daily COVID-19 infections during the peak of the current wave, according to some medical experts, who were cautiously optimistic about how the virus situation could develop in the coming weeks. Driven by the highly contagious BA.5 Omicron subvariant, health authorities and experts had previously projected ...
Korea to attract immigrants to depopulated rural areas
The government plans to attract immigrants to settle in rural regions that are struggling with severe labor shortages due to a rapidly shrinking population. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Justice announced the launch of the so-called region-specific visa, which will be granted from October this year to foreign nationals seeking to live and work in rural regions designated...
Gov't stresses 'autonomy-based' quarantine measures to fight COVID-19 surge
The government has announced plans to curb the ongoing COVID-19 wave through “autonomy- and solidarity-based” quarantine measures in daily life, Wednesday, as Korea is grappling with a massive surge of infections fueled by the highly transmissible BA.5 Omicron subvariant. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) has ruled out the reintroduction of a mandatory so...
A closer look inside Korea's vaccine training center
Songdo, INCHEON ― The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having a local manufacturing infrastructure for medical equipment and vaccines moving forward, and scientists have raised concerns about the increasing threat of new zoonotic diseases emerging amid continuing climate change and urbanization.
Korea steps up COVID-19 measures amid surging sixth wave
The government decided Wednesday to secure an additional 4,000 hospital beds, as well as increase the number of testing centers and the distribution of self-testing kits amid the resurgence of new COVID-19 infections caused by the fast-spreading BA.5 Omicron subvariant. Some health experts, however, are urging the government to reintroduce social distancing measures at least ...
Study finds correlation between pandemic-induced socio-economic difficulties and suicide
One in five people who died by suicide since 2020 had suffered exacerbated socio-economic difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a government report, Tuesday. The Ministry of Health and Welfare disclosed the results of psychological autopsies compiled between 2015 and 2021 through joint research conducted with the Korea Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Gov't reduces financial support for COVID-19 patients amid explosive spike in cases
The government's recent decision to reduce financial support for COVID-19 patients has drawn criticism from civic groups and medical experts, who expressed concerns that many cases could go undetected as people skip getting tested. As Korea continues to grapple with a new wave of infections led by the BA.5 subvariant of Omicron, the country reported 73,582 new infections for ...
Experts call for qualified courtroom interpreters as foreign population grows
“All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.” This is a generally accepted belief as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as drafted by the United Nations. And yet, in Korea there is still debate over whether foreign nationals are subjects of fundamental rights under the nation's Constitution. One area...
21 dogs rescued from slaughter ahead of 'Boknal'
Summer is the cruelest season for farmed dogs in Korea as it is the time when dog meat soup, “bosintang,” is traditionally eaten - based on the long-held yet polarizing view that the meat of “man's best friend” is good for the “stamina” of those who consume it. The practice of eating dog meat, particularly on “Boknal,” the three hottest days of summer, is still observed to th...
Korea ranks near bottom of annual gender equality index
Korea still has a long way to go to achieving gender equality, especially in terms of guaranteeing equal access for women in economic participation and employment opportunities, according to a recent report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The country ranked 99th out of 146 countries covered in the gender gap rankings this year in the annual Global Gender Gap Repor...
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