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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Fri, January 27, 2023 | 11:09
Drunk bicycling on rise amid nighttime cab shortage
An increasing number of Seoul residents have been caught riding bicycles under the influence of alcohol, which is illegal under the Road Traffic Act, amid an ongoing shortage of taxis at night. Recent data from the police showed that the number of drunk cycling cases reported in Seoul between April 18 and May 16 stood at 72, a 41-percent increase from the 51 cases reported be...
Too early to consider lifting self-isolation rule: experts
The government has decided to extend the self-isolation mandate for COVID-19 patients for another four weeks, but medical experts pointed out that it is premature to remove the restriction next month. The Central Disaster Countermeasures Headquarters said Friday the seven-day self-quarantine mandate for COVID-19 virus carriers will be extended through July 20, due to concerns...
Minister reaffirms abolition of gender equality ministry
Gender Equality Minister Kim Hyun-sook said a task force will be launched to seek ways on how to abolish the ministry, thus moving toward fulfilling the campaign pledge of President Yoon Suk-yeol to dissolve the 21-year-old government agency.
Paid sick leave scheme to kick off in July
The government will introduce a statutory sick pay trial scheme from next month in six areas, which would guarantee COVID-19 patients with the “right to rest,” as the authorities are considering lifting the seven-day self-isolation rule.
Korean tech companies struggle to hire highly-skilled foreigners
Korean companies are struggling to recruit highly-skilled foreign workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, according to a recent survey released earlier this month. The survey, which was conducted among 300 local firms by the University of Science and Technology (UST) and the Korea Industrial Technology Association (KOITA), found that many companies...
Korea needs to be better prepared for animal-to-human disease outbreaks
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic has somewhat subsided in parts of the world, a fresh outbreak of the monkeypox virus has been reported, raising concern about the increasing threat of zoonoses - diseases transmitted from animals to humans. The coronavirus, as most scientists believe, originated in bats from southwestern China and has caused one of the worst zoonotic disease case...
Foreigner entry ban possible if more deadly variants emerge: new KDCA chief
Imposing an entry ban on travelers of foreign nationality could be reviewed in the event of the emergence of more fatal COVID-19 variants or new infectious diseases, according to the newly-appointed commissioner of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Peck Kyong-ran, Thursday
Korea needs higher-level gov't agency for immigration policies: experts
Upgrading the Korea Immigration Service (KIS) to a higher-level government agency split off from the Ministry of Justice could be a viable option for the government to launch a new entity encompassing migrant-related policies, experts said, Wednesday. Discussions on the possible launch of a new immigration agency have gained momentum in Korea.
Korean journalists call for freedom to report in war zones
Some local journalists are calling on the government to guarantee freedom of the press in conflict zones such as Ukraine, pointing out that current laws banning journalists from traveling to war zones seriously undermine media freedom.
Civic groups denounce revised restraint rules at immigration detention centers
Local civic groups have denounced a decision by the government to revise existing rules on the use of restraints at immigration detention centers, saying that the new regulations could serve as legal grounds to torture detainees.