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Reporter : Jun Ji-hye
Thu, June 1, 2023 | 11:29
Korea announces end to COVID-19 health emergency
Korea announced it will stop classifying COVID-19 as a health crisis, lifting almost all pandemic-related restrictions next month, including mandatory isolation, and treat the disease as an endemic. Placing the contagious disease in the endemic category means its presence has become more predictable and manageable much like seasonal influenza.
3 big challenges facing Korea should be solved through education
Korea needs to address three major challenges - the demographic cliff, digital transformation and regional disparity - to leap forward once again, and this could be solved through education, according to Education Minister Lee Ju-ho, Wednesday. While the country's significantly decreasing fertility rate is feared to accelerate the so-called demographic cliff, which refers to ...
Asiana Airlines in hot seat over poor response to passenger injury
Asiana Airlines is facing online criticism for its bungled response to dental injuries suffered by a passenger who claimed they were caused by pieces of a broken coffee cup found in an in-flight meal offered by the carrier. The passenger boarded the aircraft departing from Honolulu International Airport on April 16 and suffered injuries to three teeth while eating an in-fligh...
Jeju seeks to ban kid-free zones in public places
Jeju Island is pushing to enact an ordinance banning owners of establishments - mainly restaurants or cafes - from designating their businesses as child-free zones. The resort island will become the first jurisdiction in the country to have such an ordinance, if a bill to enact it is passed at the plenary session of the Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Council scheduled...
[1st YEAR in OFFICE] Much-troubled, gaffe-laden start to Yongsan era
One of the biggest changes since President Yoon Suk Yeol took office on May 10 last year was the relocation of the presidential office from Cheong Wa Dae to what used to be the defense ministry compound in Yongsan District, Seoul.
Chinese officials object to award for Hong Kong activist
The Chinese government expressed its opposition to the selection of Chow Hang-tung, a prominent pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong, as the winner of this year's Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. According to the May 18 Memorial Foundation that presents the award, Monday, three officials from the Chinese consulate in Gwangju, including the consul general, visited the office of ...
Childcare infrastructure more effective than cash handouts in raising birthrate
Local governments have been scrambling to expand childbirth grants to tackle the nation's falling fertility rate, but a recent report suggests that expanding childcare facilities and services could be more effective in raising the rate. Korea's total fertility rate was 0.78 last year, breaking the country's own record for the world's lowest rate.
Should doctors charge more for telemedicine services?
While the government is pushing to launch trial telemedicine services connecting doctors with patients through the use of information and telecommunications technology, attention is growing on how medical fees for related services will be decided. The medical fees refer to the sum of the costs covered by patients and the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS).
Doctors, medical workers launch collective action against Nursing Act
A group of doctors and other medical workers - except professional nurses - will begin a collective action on Wednesday in protest of the controversial introduction last Thursday of the Nursing Act by the National Assembly controlled by the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea. A coalition of 13 medical workers' organizations including the Korea Medical Association (KMA)...
Will president exercise veto power against Nursing Act?
President Yoon Suk Yeol is facing pressure from doctors and medical workers, especially nursing assistants, to veto the legislation of the Nursing Act. Divisions within the medical community have deepened following the act's controversial approval in the opposition-controlled National Assembly.
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