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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Tue, May 30, 2023 | 17:05
Korean government pressed to lift indoor mask rules
Calls are growing for the government to ease indoor mask rules in Korea, as it remains the only OECD member country requiring masks to be worn in all indoor settings. Other countries such as Denmark, Israel, Italy and Germany have eased their rules somewhat, obligating people to wear masks in certain spaces and situations, most critically in medical institutions and nursing h...
Seoul mayor's proposal to hire foreign babysitters unrealistic: experts
A recent proposal made by Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon to allow foreign nationals to work as babysitters seems unrealistic considering the country's wage system, according to immigration experts. The mayor shared the proposal on social media. “Parenting should now be respected in society. And there should be a system enabling mothers and fathers to raise their children together,” O...
Mask manufacturers feel pinch amid eased rules
Korea grappled with a severe shortage of masks in early spring 2020, when face masks seemed to be the best protection against the coronavirus before the arrival of vaccines and treatments. People had to line up at pharmacies and retail stores to buy face masks amid explosive demand and limited supply, while the government came up with a public distribution method - a five-day...
Enjoying first mask-free day
Elementary school students in Seoul participate in a physical education class without wearing face masks, Monday, as all remaining outdoor mask rules were fully lifted nationwide, one year and five months after being introduced in April 2021. Yonhap
Liberian residents outraged by rape allegations against Liberian officials
Liberian residents here are furious over two male civil servants of their country who have been accused of having raped teenage Korean girls during their visit to the country to attend an international event in the southeastern port city of Busan. The two men - Moses Owen Browne, Liberia's Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Daniel Ta...
End of outdoor mask mandate
People enjoy a festival held at Jamsu Bridge over the Han River in Seoul, Sunday, one day before the mask mandate outdoors is fully lifted nationwide. The government has decided to drop the mask requirement outdoors for the first time since it was adopted in April, 2021, but people will still be required to wear masks indoors. Korea Times photo by Oh Dae-geun
Gender ministry backtracks on plan to legally recognize alternative families
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family is backtracking on its plan to embrace diverse forms of families - such as unmarried cohabitating couples - as formal legal households, drawing criticism from civic groups, which support the move.
[ANALYSIS] Why COVID-19 spread continues despite 97% antibody rate among population
While a recent government study found that almost all Koreans have developed antibodies against the coronavirus either by vaccination or natural infection, this finding does not mean that the population has achieved herd immunity, according to health officials. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) unveiled on Friday the results of its latest study, which sho...
KDCA faces possible flurry of legal cases over vaccine side effects
A recent court ruling ordering the government to compensate a man suffering from COVID-19 vaccine side effects has put the health authority in a difficult position, amid growing calls to recognize deaths and illnesses following vaccination more actively. The Seoul Administrative Court ruled in favor of the man, who is in his 30s, in a lawsuit filed against the Korea Disease C...
Gender minister in hot seat over remarks on stalking murder
Minister of Gender Equality and Family Kim Hyun-sook has come under fire for her inappropriate remarks on a recent stalking murder crime, which she views “is not a misogynistic hate crime.”