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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Sun, August 14, 2022 | 11:57
Korea needs to be better prepared for animal-to-human disease outbreaks
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic has somewhat subsided in parts of the world, a fresh outbreak of the monkeypox virus has been reported, raising concern about the increasing threat of zoonoses - diseases transmitted from animals to humans. The coronavirus, as most scientists believe, originated in bats from southwestern China and has caused one of the worst zoonotic disease case...
Foreigner entry ban possible if more deadly variants emerge: new KDCA chief
Imposing an entry ban on travelers of foreign nationality could be reviewed in the event of the emergence of more fatal COVID-19 variants or new infectious diseases, according to the newly-appointed commissioner of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Peck Kyong-ran, Thursday
Korea needs higher-level gov't agency for immigration policies: experts
Upgrading the Korea Immigration Service (KIS) to a higher-level government agency split off from the Ministry of Justice could be a viable option for the government to launch a new entity encompassing migrant-related policies, experts said, Wednesday. Discussions on the possible launch of a new immigration agency have gained momentum in Korea.
Korean journalists call for freedom to report in war zones
Some local journalists are calling on the government to guarantee freedom of the press in conflict zones such as Ukraine, pointing out that current laws banning journalists from traveling to war zones seriously undermine media freedom.
Civic groups denounce revised restraint rules at immigration detention centers
Local civic groups have denounced a decision by the government to revise existing rules on the use of restraints at immigration detention centers, saying that the new regulations could serve as legal grounds to torture detainees.
'Revenge spending' gains momentum in Korea
Lee Ha-kyung, a 29-year-old office worker in Seoul, recently booked a flight ticket to Spain scheduled for early July. Due to a recent hike in ticket prices, she had to pay about 2 million won for a round-trip flight, nearly double the price compared to that of pre-COVID-19 levels. But she said she doesn't regret it.
Ruling party sweeps elections to select Seoul's district heads
In the local elections held on Wednesday, the ruling People Power Party (PPP) enjoyed a sweeping victory in the races for district office heads in Seoul, staging a successful comeback after its crushing defeat to the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) in the 2018 local elections.
Slow pace seen at polling stations in Seoul reflects low voter turnout
The local elections on June 1 were marked by clear skies and warm weather, which apparently created a perfect environment for many people to bypass the polling stations and head outdoors for picnics instead. In fact, the fair weather may have been one of the culprits behind the low voter turnout. Voters began to trickle into a polling station in Hongeun-dong, Seodaemun Distri...
Foreign-born voters feel invisible in local elections
A record-high number of over 120,000 immigrants are eligible to vote in the local elections slated for Wednesday, reflecting the rapidly growing foreign population in Korea. While the local elections are the only chance for residents of foreign nationality to express their opinions through voting, many of them are left feeling helpless due to limited access to information abo...
Animal abandonment increases amid eased social distancing
While pandemic isolation and loneliness led to an increase in pet adoptions over the past two years in Korea, the trend seems to be coming to an end, as the country is seeing a surge of animal abandonment amid the eased social distancing measures.
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