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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Sat, August 20, 2022 | 00:22
Experts warn of new COVID-19 wave this fall
Local experts have warned that Korea may see another wave of COVID-19 infections this fall, during which as many as 2,700 fatalities could occur, depending on how many among the population have received a second booster shot.
Will incoming Yoon administration legalize telemedicine services?
Telemedicine companies, which have been enjoying a contactless boom since the government has temporarily permitted their services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, are now calling for establishing them legally so as to create a stable business environment. They have pinned high hopes on the legalization of their businesses as the transitional committee for President-elect Yoon Suk-...
Korea's farms hit hard as pandemic leads to foreign worker shortage
Koo Jin-taek, a vegetable farm owner in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, would normally be harvesting thousands of heads of lettuce during the spring season, but instead, he had to destroy his crops, as there was simply no one to harvest the perfectly tradable vegetables. “It is literally heartbreaking to have to destroy them. But I have no choice. With only five workers on the fa...
Long COVID worries persist amid Korea's transition to post-Omicron era
While the country is transitioning in phases toward a post-Omicron-era, a significant number of COVID-19 survivors, who are suffering from the lingering symptoms of the virus, are finding it hard to return to their daily lives. For Kim So-hyun, a 29-year-old office worker in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, her COVID-19 symptoms have not gone away, even though her required seven-day...
How COVID-19 has altered perceptions of face masks
It isn't an exaggeration to say that face masks have become the new normal in Korea, as nearly two years have passed since they have become mandatory in public places amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Before the health crisis began, masks were mostly reserved for celebrities to hide their identity or as a fashion item, or worn in the spring during days of yellow dust or fin...
Why mask wearing requirement still stands in Korea?
The government has decided to continue its mask wearing requirement, despite anticipation from some that it might have been lifted along with social distancing measures, due to concerns from the presidential transition committee that it is premature to remove it. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced Friday the lifting of the social distancing measures on business oper...
Seoul considers proposal for domed baseball field
Seoul City announced Friday that it will positively review a proposal for a domed baseball stadium in Songpa District, southeastern Seoul.
How South Korea's complex age custom has endured
“How old are you?” Answering this simple question often becomes a challenge for foreign nationals living in Korea who are not yet familiar with the country's unique system of counting one's age. In fact, when Koreans are asked their age by foreign nationals, they tend to give several answers, followed by an explanation about the different ways of counting age. Korea has three...
Kim Dae-ki named presidential chief of staff
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol tapped Kim Dae-ki, a veteran bureaucrat with decades-long experience in key government agencies, including the presidential office, as the chief of staff of his administration, which will kick off on May 10.
Korea begins transition to 'post-Omicron' era
As COVID-19 infections are gradually showing signs of slowing down, the government is gearing up to shift to a “post-Omicron” era, in which the coronavirus might be treated as an endemic disease and COVID-19 might be managed more routinely within the general medical system.
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