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Tue, June 6, 2023 | 02:19
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.
US Forces Korea denies delaying joint training over virus concerns
U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has denied media reports that joint military training between South Korea and the United States will be delayed over coronavirus concerns. “A recent media article reporting United States Forces Korea proposing the postponement of future combined training is inaccurate,” USFK said Tuesday. “Any decision regarding combined training will be an U.S.-ROK A...
Coronavirus: 'It may be too late to close border with China'
An infectious disease expert who urged the government to deny entry to all people coming from China to fight the spread of the new coronavirus virus early this month (Feb. 4) said Monday that it may now be too late to prevent a pandemic. “Unfortunately, it may be a little bit too late because the SARS-CoV2 (which causes COVID-19) has adapted well in Korea and now the main con...
US Forces Korea confirms no coronavirus among service members
U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) confirmed Sunday (KST) that it has no case of the new coronavirus among service members. “There remains zero confirmed cases of USFK personnel with COVID-19 despite the rise in confirmed South Korean cases to more than 550 patients,” USFK said in a statement. “Out of a strong abundance of caution and utilizing the USFK Commander's authority to protect...
Actor Ha Jung-woo denies drug abuse
Actor Ha Jung-woo has denied allegations he abused propofol, a hypnotic drug used for general anesthesia. “Ha received laser treatment (for scars on his cheeks) about 10 times between January and September last year,” Walkhouse Company, Ha's agency, said Wednesday. “The doctor made the decision to use the drug for anesthesia. There was no abuse.”