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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Thu, October 6, 2022 | 07:07
Debate escalates over expanding vaccine pass system
Debate is heating up over the government's planned expansion of the coronavirus vaccine pass system to department stores and large retailers, which has prompted a strong backlash from unvaccinated individuals, who argue that their freedoms will be excessively limited if the system is implemented there. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, beginning Jan. 10, people...
Gov't to extend virus curbs amid Omicron surge
Korea is likely to extend current social distancing measures for another two weeks amid a surge in Omicron variant cases, which is expected to become the dominant strain in the coming weeks.
Employer investigated over spycam in factory shower room
Police are investigating the owner of a factory in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province, for allegedly illegally filming a female worker of foreign nationality there, but a suspicious fire in the facility has destroyed much of the evidence. The man, whose identity was withheld, has been accused of filming the victim when she was taking a shower, through a two-way mirror he had installe...
Will COVID-19 pills help relieve current wave of infections?
Medical experts showed mixed reactions to whether the introduction of oral COVID-19 treatment pills, scheduled for mid-January, will be a “game changer” in the country's battle against the coronavirus. The experts were also divided on whether enough doses for 604,000 people, which the government has secured so far, will be sufficient to curb the current wave of infections.
[INTERVIEW] Vaccine expert warns against premature optimism over Omicron
It may be too early to take an optimistic approach to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, says Jerome Kim, the director general of the International Vaccine Institute, calling on the Korean government to take preemptive action and come up with an in-depth strategy for a possible wave of the fast-spreading variant.“While the coronavirus may eventually mutate toward a more ...
Gov't to decide whether to extend social distancing measures next week
The government will decide whether to extend the current social distancing measures depending on the COVID-19 situation next week, as the country continues to see record-breaking numbers of critically ill patients.
Korea seeks to secure additional COVID-19 pills from Pfizer
The Korean government seeks to secure an additional supply of Pfizer's oral COVID-19 treatment, after the pill became the first oral antiviral drug to have been cleared by the U.S. drug regulator during the pandemic. “We are closely discussing with Pfizer supply deals additional to the pills for 70,000 people that we have already purchased,” Kim Ok-soo, a senior official at t...
Medical workers call for more personnel at COVID-19 hospitals
Medical workers are calling on the government to increase personnel for treatment of COVID-19 patients, as hospitals continue to grapple with unrelenting numbers of critically ill patients. They argue that the administration's recent measures to secure additional intensive care unit (ICU) beds will do little to resolve the current crisis, without expanding the number of healt...
Omicron variant likely to become dominant strain in Korea
The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is likely to replace the Delta variant to become the dominant strain in Korea, health officials said Tuesday. Health authorities here are on high alert, as the country saw its biggest spike in the number of Omicron cases on Monday, following the identification of the first cases in the country on Dec. 1. The Korea Disease Control and Pre...
Controversy rises over AI-based facial recognition program used to track COVID-19 patients
Controversy is arising over a Bucheon local government pilot project to combine AI-based facial recognition technology with thousands of surveillance cameras installed in the region to use in the contact tracing of COVID-19 patients. While the local government expects that the new system will help carry out swifter and more accurate epidemiological investigations, civic group...
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