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National Assembly speaker to return 30% of salary in solidarity with those hit by COVID-19
Top-ranking officials at the National Assembly, including Speaker Moon Hee-sang, will return 30 percent of their salaries to show solidarity with those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Assembly Secretariat said Friday that Moon will donate 30 percent of his salary for April and May - about 9.6 million won ($7,900) excluding special activity expenses - “to share...
US Forces Korea lifts Daegu travel ban after two months
U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has lifted its travel ban on Daegu, once a COVID-19 hotbed in Korea, after the city successfully brought the situation under control. “Due to the hard work of the City of Daegu, USAG Daegu and the 19th ESC, the USFK Commander has declared the Daegu area is no longer a Hot Spot off-limits area, effective 15 April 2020 at 4:00 PM. Current HPCON measures...
Korea proves elections can be safely held despite pandemic
While many countries are still under some form of movement restriction to slow the spread of COVID-19, Korea has proved that elections can be safely held despite the global pandemic. For three days - April 10, 11 and 15 - 29,128,040 people, or 66.2 percent of eligible voters, cast their ballots across the country. Meanwhile, daily new virus cases remained under 50. To protect...
Parties react to exit polls [PHOTOS]
Members of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea applaud at National Assembly, Wednesday, after exit polls predicted the party's landslide win in the general election.
Election campaign leader defends North Korean defector who became millionaire in South Korea
The main opposition party's election campaign leader has defended Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean diplomat and defector, after the ruling party attacked him for his privileged life ahead of Wednesday's general elections. “Thae has accumulated his wealth through lawful means; he gave many lectures and wrote a book that became a bestseller,” Park Hyung-joon, co-chair of the...
China censors research on coronavirus origins
China's government censors research on the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far killed nearly 120,000 people around the world. According to a cached version of the notice from China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first reported in December, all studies now must be approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology before publication. “...
Gov't extends visas for 18,000 foreign workers amid COVID-19 pandemic
The government has extended visas for more than 18,000 foreign workers as employers here are struggling to replace them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Ministry of Employment and Labor said Tuesday that the 50-day extension will apply to 18,508 foreign workers under the Employment Permit System (EPS) - most in labor-intensive industries - whose visas are set to expire in...
Doctor jailed for killing baby who 'burst out crying' during abortion
An obstetrician has been sentenced to three years and six months in prison for killing a baby who “burst out crying” during abortion procedures. The Seoul Central District Court on Friday convicted the doctor, 65, surnamed Yun, of killing a 34-week-old baby and suspended Yun's medical license for three years.
School resumes classes without students [PHOTOS]
In an unprecedented plan, middle schools and high schools in Korea have opened online as students stay home to avoid the coronavirus.
Hugs, tears of joy after end of Wuhan lockdown [PHOTOS]
Medical workers hug at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport after travel restrictions on leaving Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and China's epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, were lifted on April 8.