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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Fri, January 27, 2023 | 10:44
Journalists worldwide discuss pandemic-related misinformation
Around 100 journalists from 60 countries met in Seoul Monday to discuss self-regulatory activities of the media and effective fact-checking systems at the World Journalists Conference 2022, hosted by the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK).
Foreign residents suffer discrimination in health insurance system: report
Residents of foreign nationality who are enrolled in Korea's national health insurance program suffer from discrimination in the system compared to their Korean national counterparts, according to a recent report released by the National Assembly Research Service.
Eating in cinemas, planes and public transport allowed starting today
Starting Monday, eating snacks in cinemas, sports venues, planes, long-distance buses and interregional trains will be allowed, as the government has further eased antivirus regulations amid the phased transition to post-Omicron daily life. In addition to their decision to remove social distancing measures on business operating hours and private gatherings from April 15, the ...
Experts warn of new COVID-19 wave this fall
Local experts have warned that Korea may see another wave of COVID-19 infections this fall, during which as many as 2,700 fatalities could occur, depending on how many among the population have received a second booster shot.
Will incoming Yoon administration legalize telemedicine services?
Telemedicine companies, which have been enjoying a contactless boom since the government has temporarily permitted their services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, are now calling for establishing them legally so as to create a stable business environment. They have pinned high hopes on the legalization of their businesses as the transitional committee for President-elect Yoon Suk-...
Korea's farms hit hard as pandemic leads to foreign worker shortage
Koo Jin-taek, a vegetable farm owner in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, would normally be harvesting thousands of heads of lettuce during the spring season, but instead, he had to destroy his crops, as there was simply no one to harvest the perfectly tradable vegetables. “It is literally heartbreaking to have to destroy them. But I have no choice. With only five workers on the fa...
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.