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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Thu, May 26, 2022 | 19:49
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.
Controversy continues over establishment of Korea's 1st for-profit hospital
A recent court ruling against a ban on Korea's first for-profit hospital from receiving domestic patients has prompted a strong backlash from doctors and civic groups, who expressed concerns that the ruling may mark the beginning of the privatization of the country's healthcare services. The decision has added fuel to the ongoing controversy surrounding the opening of Greenla...
Korea scraps almost all COVID-19 restrictions
The government has decided to ease COVID-19 social distancing measures further, Friday, in what is anticipated to be the last adjustment on the distancing rules before scrapping all quarantine regulations in the coming weeks. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said Friday that it will relax social distancing measures from Monday until April 17, allowing multiuse facilities su...
[SPECIAL REPORT] Koryoin feel at home in Gwangju
GWANGJU - Cyrillic signboards line the streets of a residential area in Gwangsan District in the city of Gwangju, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul. Referred to by its residents as “Koryoin Village,” the peaceful yet unique neighborhood encompasses restaurants, groceries, cafes, bakeries and hair salons that are owned by Koryoin residents, or ethnic Koreans from Russia and C...
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