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Reporter : Jung Min-ho
Thu, February 9, 2023 | 09:40
Foreigners accuse Daegu of scapegoating them for virus spread
Foreigners are up in arms for the Daegu city government's “racist” Facebook post. The controversy emerged after the Daegu Metropolitan Government's official English-language Facebook page said Monday that organizers of the 2020 Daegu Lantern Festival will “restrict foreigners' admission due to prevention for COVID-19 spreading.” The comment comes as the government struggles t...
Philippines partially lifts travel ban to Korea
The Philippines is lifting a travel ban to Korea, only a week after imposing it over coronavirus concerns. According to Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuesday, Philippines citizens are now allowed to visit Korea, except for North Gyeongsang Province, including Daegu - the hardest hit areas. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Inter-agency Task Force on Eme...
Three foreign basketball players leave Korea over virus fears
A Serbian basketball player will leave the Korean professional league (KBL) before the end of the 2019-20 season over coronavirus concerns. According to the Goyang Orion Orions, Boris Savovic said Thursday that he would terminate his contract to leave Korea - the third foreign athlete to do so.
Coronavirus: Korea warns against traveling to Japan, Italy
Korea has advised its citizens against traveling to Japan and Italy due to coronavirus concerns. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a Level 1 travel advisory for Japan on its four-tier scale on Saturday. The COVID-19 virus has killed 12 people and infected more than 900 (including those from the cruise ship Diamond Princess) in Japan. “The decision was made after consider...
Prison reports first coronavirus infection among inmates
Korea has reported its first coronavirus infection among prisoners. According to the Ministry of Justice Sunday, an inmate, 60, at Gimcheon Prison in North Gyeongsang Province tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb. 27. It is unclear how he caught the virus after being confined there on Jan. 21.
Chinese students return home from Korea 'in fear of coronavirus'
Seven Chinese students at Daegu University have returned home over the past week in fear of the new coronavirus from China. Hankook Ilbo, sister paper of The Korea Times, reported Thursday that two Chinese students left for home after briefly staying at the dormitory in Gyeongsan, a city near Daegu where hundreds of COVID-19 infections have been reported since last week.
34 Shincheonji members on Jeju 'show symptoms of coronavirus'
The Jeju provincial government said Thursday that 34 members of Shincheonji, a doomsday “church” responsible for much of the spread of coronavirus in Korea, have shown symptoms of the disease - a red signal for the island that has a population of 670,000.
Virus fears: Filipino tourists banned from visiting Korea
The Philippine government has temporarily banned Filipino tourists from going to Korea due to coronavirus concerns. But permanent residents, overseas workers and students in Korea will be exempted. “Any travel to South Korea will be temporarily suspended,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque said Wednesday.
Gov't to restrict face mask exports
The government said Tuesday it will restrict the export of face masks over the next two months to ensure sufficient domestic supply amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said that, from Wednesday, mask manufacturers will not be allowed to export more than 10 percent of their daily production until April 30.
Don't go: US CDC raises travel advisory for Korea to highest level
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised its travel advisory for Korea to the highest level Tuesday (KST) after the number of coronavirus cases in Korea surged past 800. The Level 3 warning means U.S. citizens should avoid all nonessential travel to Korea, where the COVID-19 virus has killed eight people and infected nearly 900 as of Tuesday morning.