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Reporter : Bahk Eun-ji
Wed, October 20, 2021 | 02:49
Early cold wave grips nation
Unseasonably low temperatures hit the country over the weekend, forcing people to put on their winter coats early, with cold weather alerts being issued in almost all regions. On Sunday, Seoul's morning low fell to 1.3 degrees Celsius, which is usually not recorded until the end of November or early December. It was the lowest mid-October temperature in 67 years since 1.2 deg...
KU Medicine seeks social value with new campuses
Korea University (KU) Medicine has supported the government's quarantine efforts as a large general hospital since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first university hospital in the country to send medical workers to Daegu, which was a virus hotbed in the first wave of the pandemic here, and operated three facilities in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province for treatin...
Only 3 in 10 Koreans wash hands with soap after using toilet: survey
Only three out of 10 Koreans wash their hands with soap for at least 30 seconds after using the toilet, a report showed, Thursday. Nearly 90 percent of the people surveyed for the report believed they were exercising sufficient personal hygiene, but fell short of health authorities' guidelines.
Korea officially prepares for 'living with COVID-19'
Korea has officially started discussion on “living with COVID-19” measures as the full vaccination rate is expected to reach 70 percent of the population soon, and the nation will need quarantine guidelines different from the current ones that are focused on banning activities and operations.
Violations of social distancing rules growing
Cases of people violating COVID-19 social distancing rules have been on the rise, as public awareness of compliance with the rules has loosened amid the protracted pandemic as well as expectations for an announced transition to a “living with COVID-19” policy. It was found that on Sept. 18 during the Chuseok long weekend, 75 foreign nationals visited a privately owned uninhab...
Korea to start study on accepting transgender soldiers
The military plans to begin a comprehensive policy review and study about the issue of whether to allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces. The move comes after a local court ruled posthumously in favor of deceased Staff Sergeant Byun Hee-soo who was forcibly discharged after undergoing gender-reassignment surgery - a decision which rights groups say will set mil...
Rapper NO:EL faces prison term for 2nd drunk driving violation
Rapper Chang Yong-jun, 21, better known as NO:EL, is likely to be sentenced to prison after being caught drunk driving while being under a suspended jail sentence for the same offense about two years ago. Seocho Police said, Wednesday, they are investigating the rapper on suspicions of driving without a license, drunk driving, refusing to undergo a sobriety test and obstructi...
'Financial competitiveness is Seoul's key growth factor'
One of the major goals of Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon is to restore the capital's urban competitiveness, and he said that this is an impossible goal without achieving financial competitiveness. “Financial competitiveness is a basic strength of a city or country, and an important economic growth factor that induces investment,” Oh said. “You can see it from the recent expansion of ...
Seoul to provide one-stop support to attract foreign investment
Several Korean administrations have long sought to turn Seoul into an Asian financial hub, but the capital has been losing its attractiveness as an investment destination due to a wide range of factors, including strict regulations, an unattractive tax regime and the inflexible labor market. Feeling a sense of urgency to shift strategies, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who took offi...
Korea moving to introduce state-run health insurance for pets
Lee Seog-jae, a 65-year-old resident of Songpa District, Seoul, has been raising a Yorkshire terrier named Aree for 14 years. Because of her old age, Aree has been suffering from cataracts, so Lee has to take her to the vet often. “Every time I take Aree to the vet to renew her prescription for eye medicine, I have to pay 25,000 won,” Lee said.
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