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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, May 18, 2022 | 21:13
Number of critically ill COVID-19 patients feared to rise
The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients and deaths is feared to rise beginning this week, following the soaring number of infections spurred by the Omicron variant sweeping across the nation. The coronavirus is showing no signs of abating here, with 57,117 new cases of infection added for Monday, yet another all-time high, according to the Korea Disease Control and Preve...
Children of multicultural backgrounds still face discrimination in schools
ANSAN, Gyeonggi Province - Gu Young-chan, 16, still remembers the first day when he moved to new school a few years ago. He was introduced as a “multicultural child” by his homeroom teacher in front of the whole class. “I immediately saw the uncomfortable looks on my classmates' faces, which made me feel nervous and awkward,” said Gu, whose mother is Chinese and father Korean...
Among foreign health insurance subscribers, Chinese reap highest benefits
Among foreign residents who subscribe to Korea's national health insurance program, Chinese nationals were the only group whose total reimbursed medical expenses surpassed their total insurance premiums, according to National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) data.
Is Korea ready to ease social distancing, vaccine pass?
The government's quarantine scheme shift targeting the Omicron variant has led to rising calls to ease social distancing measures and the vaccine pass system, among people who view these antivirus regulations as ineffective in curbing the unrelenting spread of the virus. Amid surging Omicron cases, the government recently introduced new virus management strategies to focus on...
'K-quarantine' on brink of collapse as infections skyrocket
Soaring infections fueled by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have forced the Korean government to abandon its much-lauded “3T” virus management strategy of “trace, test and treatment.” Dubbed “K-quarantine,” Korea's 3T strategy of massive testing, contact tracing and treatment was once touted as a pandemic response role model for other countries. But the proactive viru...
89-year-old graduates college with highest honors
Age is just a number for Lee Joo-hyung, 89, and soon-to-be graduate of Tongmyong University in Busan.
Revised COVID-19 home treatment scheme sparks concern among low-risk groups
Starting Thursday, low-risk COVID-19 patients who are under home treatment will no longer receive daily health checkup calls from medical workers, under the revised treatment system that focuses more on high-risk patients. As the country grapples with record-breaking numbers of infections fueled by the Omicron variant, the government has decided to implement a new home treatm...
When will COVID-19 become endemic in Korea?
The Omicron variant has driven up the number of COVID-19 infections to an unprecedented level around the world, while some countries have lifted antivirus measures and opted to treat the coronavirus like an endemic disease like the seasonal flu. The United Kingdom and Denmark have drastically eased COVID-19 restrictions, including face mask mandates, while Austria and the Net...
Gov't to strengthen support for children from multicultural backgrounds
Korea will strengthen support for students from multicultural backgrounds, in order to establish an environment where all children are provided with equitable access to education and career development. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family announced a set of measures on Friday to increase educational support for students from multicultural backgrounds, as well as to cre...
'Where to go for COVID-19 testing?': Korea's new testing scheme explained
Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Korea has been offering free polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to all people who need them at screening centers across the country. But those days are now over. In a bid to tackle the highly contagious but generally less lethal Omicron variant, the government has shifted its focus to the vulnerable population, introducing a n...
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