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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, October 5, 2022 | 05:01
Easing of distancing measures ahead of election raises speculation on timing
The government's decision to ease COVID-19 regulations earlier than initially planned despite a record surge in coronavirus infections is calling the policy change into question. As the abrupt readjustment of the social distancing measures came less than a week ahead of the March 9 presidential election, some critics claim the government is compromising public health and safe...
'Miracle shampoo' faces sale ban over toxic chemical claims
A shampoo introduced by a Korean cosmetics company which “miraculously” turns gray hair to black, is facing a major setback as the country's drug safety regulator seeks to ban the sale of the product citing the presence of toxic chemicals in its ingredients.
Korea becoming center of global bio-workforce training
The World Health Organization (WHO) nominated Korea as the global bio-manufacturing workforce training hub on Feb. 23.
Russians in Korea unite against Putin's war on Ukraine
Anti-government protests are rarely held in Russia, as the authoritarian regime does not tolerate expression of dissent against the Kremlin. However, President Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has immediately provoked strong backlash among Russian citizens. Mass demonstrations erupted across Russia over the weekend, where attendees protested against what the Ru...
Korea becomes WHO's global vaccine training hub
While vaccines and treatments remain vital tools to combat the ongoing global health crisis, inequitable access to medical resources has hindered pandemic responses in low- and middle-income countries.
Quarantine rules to be eased amid record-high COVID-19 deaths
The government has decided to ease self-isolation and testing rules for unvaccinated people who have come in close contact with COVID-19 patients. But this latest move has raised concerns of fueling virus transmission among asymptomatic patients. Despite the soaring number of COVID-19 cases, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters announced Friday it will...
Korea may adopt pandemic exit plan after mid-March
The Korean government may adopt a pandemic exit plan after the Omicron wave peaks, which it believes will come in mid-March, revising quarantine measures toward a phased return to normalcy, according to Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol, Thursday. “Experts predict that the current wave will reach its peak in mid-March, after which, as seen in other countries, the number of infe...
Gov't eyes 'return to normalcy' despite snowballing infections
The government's drive toward a “return to normalcy” scheme, under which the coronavirus would be treated like an endemic disease, has drawn criticisms from medical experts who view it as “absurd and reckless” amid the skyrocketing number of infections.
Why eagerly awaited COVID-19 antiviral pills are sitting on shelves
Thousands of COVID-19 antiviral pills are sitting on the shelves of pharmacies amid an unexpected lack of demand for the tablets, which were initially hailed as a game changer in the battle against the pandemic. The easy-to-use pills were much anticipated as the best treatment option for patients undergoing home treatment, preventing high-risk groups from falling into critica...
Latest deaths expose blind spots in COVID-19 self-treatment scheme
The latest deaths of COVID-19 patients have exposed blind spots in the government's self-treatment scheme, prompting concerns that people undergoing home treatment may be unable to receive urgent medical attention. On Feb. 19, a 59-year-old man living alone in Gwanak District, Seoul, was found dead at his home, one day after he tested positive for the virus. His family called...