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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, October 5, 2022 | 04:45
Rescued dogs sent overseas find new lives, 'forever families'
Adopting Kumi, a two-and-a-half-year-old Pomeranian mix rescued from a Korean dog meat farm, was a life-changing event for Diana Rodriguez, living in Virginia, the United States. Rescued in October 2020 from a dog farm in Haemi, South Chungcheong Province, Kumi was extremely traumatized when she arrived in the U.S. later that month. “Not only was she separated from her mother...
Accuracy of rapid antigen tests called into question
The accuracy of COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits has been thrown into doubt as an increasing number of people are seeing false negatives after using the self-testing kits. The low accuracy of rapid tests is raising concerns, as asymptomatic patients who have tested negative with the tests may be spreading the virus unwittingly, fueling the record-breaking spread of infections...
'Adding fuel to fire': Experts denounce easing of social distancing measures
Medical experts have slammed the government for continuing to downplay the threat of the Omicron variant, including its latest decision to ease social distancing measures amid snowballing numbers of daily new infections, which reached another record high of 109,831 for Thursday, exceeding the 100,000 level for the first time, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevent...
NHIS' long-term care insurance to ease financial burden of aging society
Everyone gets old. And as people age, they are more likely to suffer from various medical conditions and diseases, leaving them in need of care and assistance in their daily lives. But the questions is, who will provide care and who will foot the bill? Care giving for seniors has traditionally been perceived as a duty of their family members. Sons and daughters were responsib...
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.
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