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Reporter : Jun Ji-hye
Wed, March 29, 2023 | 23:10
Korea moves to shorten COVID-19 isolation period to 5 days
The government is considering shortening the mandatory COVID-19 isolation period to five days from the current seven in May at the earliest, as part of efforts for the transition to an endemic phase. Unveiling a set of plans, Wednesday, the government said the country will move toward pre-pandemic normality in three phases.
Civic groups in Gwangju await meeting with Chun Doo-hwan's grandson
Civic groups connected with the Gwangju Democratic Uprising said Tuesday that they will accept a proposed visit by the grandson of former authoritarian leader Chun Doo-hwan, as he has vowed to apologize to the bereaved families and victims of the government's deadly suppression of the pro-democracy movement.
Court exempts Iranian refugee from punishment for illegal entry
The Supreme Court upheld an appellate court's decision not to punish an Iranian national charged with obtaining a visa based on a falsified document, citing an international convention stipulating that penalties should not be imposed on refugees for illegal entry. In 2016, the Iranian national applied for a short-term visa to the Korean Embassy in his home country, presenting...
Yoo Ah-in appears before police over alleged use of illegal drugs
A-list actor Yoo Ah-in appeared before police for questioning, Monday, over his alleged use of illegal drugs. He had tested positive for four drugs: propofol, marijuana, cocaine and ketamine. Yoo, whose real name is Uhm Hong-sik, entered the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency building in Seoul's Mapo District at about 9:20 a.m., as police summoned him as a suspect.
Government to support development of blockbuster drugs
The government will boost exports of the domestic biohealth industry, which includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medicine and bioengineering, by creating a large fund and supporting the development of blockbuster drugs. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced Friday that the government will create the “K-biovaccine fund” worth 500 billion won ($387 million) during ...
Zoo shares sad story of what caused Sero the zebra to escape
The sad story of the three-year-old zebra, Sero, is drawing belated public attention after news about his escape from a zoo made headlines. According to zoo officials and fire authorities, Sero escaped from the zoo inside Seoul Children's Grand Park in eastern Seoul by breaking a wooden deck installed around his pen at around 2:50 p.m. on Thursday.
Burnout: Cardiothoracic surgery residents work 102 hours a week
Medical residents in Korea work 77.7 hours a week on average, with more than half of them working over 80 hours, despite the current law capping the maximum weekly working hours to 80 for those in medical residency programs. Residents in the department of cardiothoracic surgery work the longest hours - 102.1 hours a week.
Free COVID-19 boosters to be offered once this year
The government will provide bivalent COVID-19 booster shots one time this year. Anyone aged over 12 can receive the injection for free, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) announced, Wednesday.
Kangbuk Samsung Hospital to carry out medical system improvement project in Nepal
Kangbuk Samsung Hospital has been selected by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to carry out a project on improving the medical infrastructure and health standards of the underprivileged in vulnerable areas of Nepal's Bhaktapur. The hospital said Wednesday that it will carry out a variety of social contribution activities in the country over the next five yea...
Campaign launched to promote equal treatment for multicultural families
The National Assembly Sunfull Committee, together with the Sunfull Foundation, will hold a ceremony at the National Assembly next Monday to launch a campaign promoting equal treatment for multicultural families and ethnic groups living in Korea. Called Respect for Multicultural Families and All Ethnic Groups in Korea, the campaign is also aimed at informing the public of the ...
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