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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, October 5, 2022 | 05:36
Korea begins transition to 'post-Omicron' era
As COVID-19 infections are gradually showing signs of slowing down, the government is gearing up to shift to a “post-Omicron” era, in which the coronavirus might be treated as an endemic disease and COVID-19 might be managed more routinely within the general medical system.
Controversy continues over establishment of Korea's 1st for-profit hospital
A recent court ruling against a ban on Korea's first for-profit hospital from receiving domestic patients has prompted a strong backlash from doctors and civic groups, who expressed concerns that the ruling may mark the beginning of the privatization of the country's healthcare services. The decision has added fuel to the ongoing controversy surrounding the opening of Greenla...
Korea scraps almost all COVID-19 restrictions
The government has decided to ease COVID-19 social distancing measures further, Friday, in what is anticipated to be the last adjustment on the distancing rules before scrapping all quarantine regulations in the coming weeks. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said Friday that it will relax social distancing measures from Monday until April 17, allowing multiuse facilities su...
[SPECIAL REPORT] Koryoin feel at home in Gwangju
GWANGJU - Cyrillic signboards line the streets of a residential area in Gwangsan District in the city of Gwangju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul. Referred to by its residents as “Koryoin Village,” the peaceful yet unique neighborhood encompasses restaurants, groceries, cafes, bakeries and hair salons that are owned by Koryoin residents, or ethnic Koreans from Russia and C...
Korea set to lift COVID-19 restrictions on operating hours, private gatherings
The presidential transition committee urged the government to review lifting COVID-19 restrictions such as limits on operating hours of multiuse facilities, Wednesday, once it is determined that the current Omicron wave has passed its peak. “If the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters confirms that infections have entered a downward trend, social distancin...
Prosecutors worldwide call for protection of journalists
Violent crimes against journalists worldwide are on the rise but many of the cases are being closed without any judicial action, according to the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), which has vowed to strengthen efforts to ensure the safety of journalists.
Supporters overwhelm opponents at pardoned ex-president's homecoming
DAEGU - It was a day of excitement for Dalseong County in the southeastern city of Daegu, March 24, when former conservative President Park Geun-hye settled at her new home, after spending nearly five years in prison. From early morning, thousands of loyal supporters of Park, who still believe that she is the nation's leader, gathered in front of her new residence, located in...
Traditional Korean medicine practitioners excluded from pandemic response scheme
Despite their willingness to participate in the battle against the COVID-19, traditional Korean medicine practitioners are struggling to find their place in the pandemic response scheme, which is dominated by their Western medicine counterparts.
Universities feel pinch over 1-year ban on recruiting foreign students
The increasing number of international students in Korea who have been overstaying their student visas has been emerging as a major headache for provincial universities, many of which have been slapped with one-year bans on recruiting new students from overseas.
Has Omicron wave crested in Korea?
The peak of the Omicron wave in Korea may have passed, according to the health ministry, with daily new infections showing signs of slowing down. But concerns linger over another upsurge as the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron has been increasing its presence here amid eased social distancing rules.