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Reporter : Jun Ji-hye
Tue, January 31, 2023 | 21:53
Korea shortens interval for booster shots amid increasing breakthrough cases
The government has decided to shorten the interval between regular COVID-19 vaccine doses and booster shots from six months to four months for elderly residents over the age of 60 as well as inpatients and employees at nursing homes and geriatric hospitals. This will also be applied to those working at medical facilities. The interval will be reduced from six months to five m...
Civil servants' demand for fixed lunch break raises controversy
Controversy is rising over an increasing demand from civil servants across the country to guarantee them a lunch break from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. as offered to other workers. They demand all services at public offices, including issuance of official documents, be suspended during the one-hour lunch time to guarantee their “rights,” but critics say this will cause inconvenience, e...
Korea to ease rules on mandatory quarantine for more int'l tourists
Korea will ease mandatory quarantine rules gradually to attract more international travelers as part of efforts to support a rebound of the tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.
US diplomat embroiled in controversy over alleged hit-and-run
Controversy has been growing over an alleged hit-and-run incident involving a U.S. diplomat stationed in Korea, after it was revealed that a vehicle carrying four U.S. diplomats, including the driver, allegedly fled after hitting a taxi while driving in central Seoul.
Distrust over COVID-19 vaccinations continues
An increasing number of residents here are questioning the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccinations amid a continued increase in breakthrough infections involving people who tested positive even after having been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Concerns come as nearly half of infected people in recent weeks were breakthrough cases.
Seoul YMCA awarded for helping mediate disputes between neighbors
The Seoul Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) received an award from the Minister of Gender Equality and Family, Wednesday, in recognition of its contribution to helping mediate disputes between neighbors and village communities. The Seoul YMCA set up a neighborhood dispute mediation center within the organization in 2011, which has been expanded around the country inclu...
Jincheon's order to hire only vaccinated foreign workers draws criticism for discrimination
Jincheon County in North Chungcheong Province is facing criticism over its administrative order recommending local companies hire only migrant workers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Critics say such a policy is clear discrimination against foreign nationals and will not be that helpful to employers either, as they have been suffering from a shortage of worke...
Jeju Dream Tower resort to open 2nd tower on Nov. 29
Jeju Dream Tower will open its second tower building, with 850 hotel rooms and residences, on Nov. 29, according to Lotte Tour Development. Jeju Dream Tower is an iconic twin-tower landmark in the heart of Jeju City. The integrated resort opened last Dec. 18, but only the first tower with 750 hotel rooms has been operating.
Delta seeks to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050
Although it is innately difficult to decarbonize the aviation industry, an increasing number of air carriers around the world have moved to join international efforts for carbon neutrality, in line with the global trend of prioritizing environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) business management practices.
Both ruling, opposition presidential candidates face 'wife risks'
With former Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung and former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl having won the presidential nominations of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and main opposition People Power Party (PPP), respectively, the campaigns by their potential first ladies - their wives - are attracting public attention as well. Kim Hye-gyeong, 55, the wife of...
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