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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, November 30, 2022 | 02:36
Koreans move out of pandemic's shadow after nearly 3 years of battling COVID-19
When Korea confirmed its first case of the coronavirus on Jan. 20, 2020, few expected the respiratory virus to be around for this long, or to disrupt people's daily lives this severely. At the peak of social distancing restrictions, private gatherings of more than two people were prohibited in the evenings, while restaurants and bars were forced to close at 9 p.m. As of Oct. ...
Gov't strengthens CPR training to teenagers
In the wake of the deadly large-scale crowd crush in Itaewon, which has highlighted the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid skills, the government is expanding CPR training to teenagers and workers at youth-related facilities.
Promised aid slow to arrive for families of foreign victims in Itaewon tragedy
Gulieva Giunai, a Russian student at Kwangwoon University, was devastated when she learned that her friend Kristina was among the 26 foreign nationals killed in the crowd crush in Itaewon on the night of Oct. 29. Although they were from different cities of Russia, the two had known each other since 2020 when they attended Korean language classes together at a university in No...
Crowded subways trigger anxiety after Itaewon disaster
A 30-year-old office worker surnamed Lee, who travels on Seoul Metro Line 9 in her morning commute from Dangsan Station to Sinnonhyeon Station, got off the train midway on Monday morning, feeling shortness of breath. “I couldn't breathe. It's not the first time I felt like I was suffocating during my morning subway ride, but it was so serious, like a panic attack,” she said. ...
What went wrong in Itaewon on Halloween weekend?
While the nation is in grief over the deadliest crowd crush that occurred in Seoul's Itaewon entertainment district on Saturday night, it remains unclear exactly what led to the horrific incident. The unexpected tragedy occurred after a mass of people were crammed in a narrow, sloped alley, killing at least 154 people and injuring 149 - mostly in their 20s - who were celebrat...
Korea faces 7th wave of COVID-19 pandemic
Korea is facing a fresh wave of COVID-19 infections, but it may be less severe than previous ones due to the build-up of immunity from prior infections and vaccinations, according to medical experts. The experts anticipate the newly emerging Omicron variants BQ.1 and offspring BQ 1.1 - also known as Typhon and Cerberus respectively - to lead the upcoming seventh wave, replaci...
1 in 5 1st graders struggles with math
Mathematics is often considered one the most challenging subjects for students, and many tend to give up learning it in their high school years as the subject gets more advanced. But an increasing number of students are struggling with math from a basic level, showed a recent study conducted by the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE), which found that nearly ...
[INTERVIEW] Korea is outlier on face masks: Australian health expert
Korea is an outlier when it comes to the mask mandate and people's tendency to wear face masks, says Sharon Lewin, director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. “I've been travelling to a lot of countries and Korea is an outlier on masks. I'd be very interested to know if it is making a big difference to your numbers (of infections),” the Australian infe...
Korea hosts 2022 World Bio Summit
The Korean government and the World Health Organization (WHO) will jointly host the 2022 World Bio Summit in Seoul from Oct. 25 to 26, gathering various health experts, the heads of international organizations and the leaders of top biopharmaceutical firms.
[INTERVIEW] Migration offers solution to Korea's shrinking workforce: IOM deputy chief
Inclusive immigration policies could be a major solution to address Korea's aging population and shrinking labor force, says Amy Pope, deputy director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who stressed that the country should establish fair labor practices to protect migrant workers' rights.
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