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  • The Korea Herald - 2020-04-03
    "S. Korea’s coronavirus tally surpassed 10,000 on Friday, 74 days after the first case was reported. The country counted 86 new infections in the 24 hours to midnight Thursday, bringing the total accumulated cases of confirmed COVID-19 infections to 10,062, according to  the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Five more virus patients died."
  • The Guardian - 2020-04-03
    "Son Heung-min is hoping to carry out his mandatory four-week national service in South Korea during football’s coronavirus shutdown. The 27-year-old Tottenham forward travelled back to his homeland last week as he continues his recovery from a broken arm, but is waiting for confirmation that the Premier League suspension will be extended this week beyond 30 April. [H]e will see this as a perfect opportunity to carry out his service with..
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-04-03
    "The Bank of Korea (BOK) on Thursday provided 5.2 trillion won (US$4.2 billion) in the capital market in its first repo operation after vowing to supply an "unlimited" amount of liquidity against the new coronavirus pandemic. The yield on the 91-day repurchase agreements was set at 0.78 percent, up 3 basis points from the base rate of 0.75 percent. The BOK earlier said it will purchase entire amounts requested by financial compan..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-04-03
    "Eight foreigners have been denied entry to Korea for refusing to comply with the country's mandatory self-isolation rule. The Ministry of Justice said Thursday that it returned eight foreigners to their countries after they refused to follow its coronavirus containment measure. According to the ministry, the foreigners from six countries, including Kazakhstan, refused to follow the rule when they arrived at Incheon International Airp..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-04-03
    "Police in South Korea arrested a woman after she gave birth in a public restroom then threw the newborn baby out a window, according to reports. Police in the city of Gwangju said the incident took place on Feb. 5 and involved the defendant, identified only as a 23-year-old woman, and an 'accomplice,' who did 'not prevent the death of the newborn,' Newsis and News 1 reported Wednesday. Police initially sought to charge..
  • Reuters - 2020-04-02
    “A South Korean K-Pop star on Wednesday pulled an April Fool’s prank announcing that he had contracted coronavirus, and later removed the Instagram post after triggering a backlash. Kim Jae-joong, a member of boyband JYJ, posted on his Instagram account with 1.9 million followers that he was hospitalized after coming down with the virus. After several hours, the 34-year-old Asian pop idol edited the post to say he had gone too far for '..
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-04-02
    "South Korea saw a slight decline in new coronavirus cases Wednesday, but cluster infections in Seoul and the surrounding area and imported cases continued to emerge. The 101 new cases of COVID-19, detected Tuesday and down from 125 new cases a day earlier, brought the country's total cases to 9,887 and marked the 20th consecutive day that new infections have hovered around 100 or fewer additional cases, according to the Korea Centers..
  • Yonhap News Agency via The Korea Herald - 2020-04-02
    "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday announced an entry ban on foreigners coming from 49 countries and territories, including South Korea, China and the United States, in its latest move to stem the novel coronavirus outbreak. Under the new measure, those who had been staying in the designated places for two weeks will not be allowed to enter Japan. Japan previously barred the entry of people from the southeastern city of Daegu..
  • The Korea Herald - 2020-04-02
    "A high-ranking public prosecutor accused of plotting with a journalist to tarnish the reputation of a vocal supporter of President Moon Jae-in denied Wednesday the accusation made against him by MBC. The terrestrial broadcaster reported Tuesday that a cable network sought to dig up dirt on Rhyu Si-min, using its connections with the prosecution. Lee Cheol, a major shareholder of biotech company SillaJen who is currently in jail for financ..
  • The Korea Herald - 2020-04-02
    "Nearly half of Koreans working at US military camps here went on indefinite, unpaid leave Wednesday, taken hostage by drawn-out negotiations between South Korea and the United States on how to share costs for the upkeep of 28,500 American troops. Seoul, while expressing regrets over the furloughs, hurried to roll out support measures for the workers. Cheong Wa Dae said the two sides had made some progress recently."
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-04-01
    "South Korea kicked off six days of overseas elections for the April parliamentary polls Wednesday, with only about half the eligible voters being allowed to cast ballots due to the new coronavirus. The country will hold overseas voting for the April 15 general elections at polling stations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday, according to the National Election Commission (NEC). Of around 172,000 eligible voters, only 53.2 percent will be..
  • NBC News - 2020-04-01
    "Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed to the White House on Tuesday morning in an effort to keep thousands of South Korean civilians who work for the U.S. military in South Korea from being furloughed on Wednesday, April 1, according to two U.S. defense officials. The U.S. and South Korean government have been in a stand-off for months over this year's Special Measures Agreement (SMA), under which ..
  • The New York Post - 2020-04-01
    "[When Kim Byung-rok] bought land on a small, quiet mountain in 2014, he wanted to heal, to do some farming — and to breathe fresh air. But now Kim, 60, wants to donate a big chunk of his holdings to the local government. So many South Koreans are shutting their businesses and face declining incomes due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has hit the country hard; Kim thought the value of his land could be put to good use."
  • The Korea Times - 2020-04-01
    "Actress Jang Mi-inae abruptly announced her retirement, Tuesday, a day after criticizing the government's decision to give disaster relief money to people. Jang, who starred in several TV dramas and films from the early 2000s, said on Instagram Monday that 'I won't work as an actor in Korea from now on and will take my own path.' Her remarks came after she criticized the
    government's decision to provide "..
  • The Telegraph - 2020-04-01
    "A backlash is brewing in South Korea against foreigners who ignore rules on self-quarantining to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including a British national who is facing up to a year in prison and fines of more than £6,500. Until now, anyone arriving from Europe and the United States has been required to isolate themselves for 14 days, with the regulation being extended to all arrivals as of April 1. South Korea is strengthening th..
  • Yonhap News Agency via The Korea Herald - 2020-03-31
    "South Korea reported 125 new cases of the novel coronavirus Tuesday, up from 78 new cases a day earlier, bringing the nation's total infections to 9,786. The 125 new cases of COVID-19, detected Monday, were mainly due to an mass outbreak at a hospital in Daegu, the epicenter of the virus outbreak here, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The death toll rose by four to 162."
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-31
    "South Korea's overall industrial output contracted the most in nine years in February as the economic fallout from the spread of the new coronavirus began to affect manufacturing activity and domestic spending, data showed Tuesday. The 3.5 percent on-month drop in February marks the sharpest decline since February 2011, when the output dipped 3.7 percent, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea. The country's producti..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-31
    "South Korea will begin the new school year with online classes on April 9 following repeated delays due to the novel coronavirus, the prime minister said Tuesday. The unprecedented move to introduce online classes will be applied step by step to schools, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said, without elaborating. The new school year here usually starts in March, but the country has postponed it three times by five weeks to this coming Monday..
  • The Korea Herald - 2020-03-31
    "The southern province of Jeju Island said Monday it has filed a lawsuit against two travelers who tested positive for coronavirus after a five-day trip of the island. The lawsuit, filed by the provincial government and six local businesses, is seeking over 100 million won ($82,000) in damages and business losses. The defendants are a 19-year-old who attends a university in the US and her mother."
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-31
    "Subway services in the capital area will end an hour earlier starting in April, operators said Monday, to better contain the new coronavirus that has infected more than 900 in the wider Seoul area. Under the plan, subway lines No. 1 to 9, as well as the Ui-Sinseol line, will operate until midnight starting April 1, operators said in a press release. Subway services currently run until 1 a.m."
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