News Articles
  • 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."
  • The Straits Times - 2020-03-30
    "South Korea reported 78 new coronavirus cases on Monday (March 30), taking the national tally to 9,661, the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said. The death toll rose to 158, from 152 a day earlier, while 195 people recovered from the virus, according to the KCDC. A massive testing campaign, coupled with intensive contact tracing, has been credited with helping South Korea slow the spread of the disease."
  • The Korea Herald - 2020-03-30
    "Tottenham Hotspur's injured South Korean star Son Heung-min has returned home to continue his rehab for a fractured arm, due to the spread of the coronavirus in Britain, sources said Monday. They said Son arrived back in South Korea from London on Saturday afternoon. Son suffered a broken right forearm during a Premier League match against Aston Villa on Feb. 16 and underwent surgery in Seoul five days later."
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-30
    "Some Protestant churches in South Korea pressed ahead with their worship services Sunday despite the government's pleas for stricter social distancing. As part of the government's drive for further social distancing, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun earlier warned 'stern' legal action would be taken against churches that violate quarantine guidelines that include keeping the distance between followers at least 2 meters wh..
  • The Korea Herald - 2020-03-30
    "All overseas arrivals to South Korea -- Korean nationals and foreigners alike -- will be subject to a mandatory two-week quarantine starting Wednesday, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announced Sunday, amid growing concerns about imported coronavirus infections. Those with no residence in Korea will be quarantined at government-designated facilities at their own expense, he added. The fee is estimated to be around 100,000 won ($82.50) a day..
  • The Guardian - 2020-03-30
    'North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean off its east coast on Sunday, the latest in an unprecedented flurry of launches that South Korea decried as “inappropriate” amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Two “short-range projectiles” were launched from the coastal Wonsan area and flew 230km (143 miles) at a maximum altitude of 30km (19 miles), South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said..
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-27
    "South Korea reported 91 new cases of the novel coronavirus Friday, down from 104 new cases a day earlier, bringing the nation's total infections to 9,332. The 91 new cases, detected Thursday, marked the 16th consecutive day that there were around 100 or fewer additional cases, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The death toll rose by eight to 139."
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-27
    "Since the local market crash at the beginning of the month, foreign investors have continued to dump local stocks ― so far they have net sold 11.15 trillion won ($9.09 billion). Stocks they 'threw away' were mostly large-cap ones, such as those in the semiconductor, car and energy sectors, as these are expected to be most exposed to any looming economic recession." Read more from The Korea Times.
  • Newsweek - 2020-03-27
    "A 97-year-old South Korean woman has fully recovered from the coronavirus, becoming the oldest person in the country to survive the infection. South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday that officials said the elderly woman had left quarantine and returned home after making a full recovery from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Although the woman's identity was not revealed, she is from the southe..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-27
    "SolGent, a subsidiary of Korean genome sequencing company EDGC, will export its COVID-19 detection kits to the United States, where cases have been soaring over the past few weeks. SolGent told The Korea Times Thursday that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with several U.S. states, including New York, California and Nevada, to sell 1 million kits (DiaPlexQ). This comes two days after U.S. President Donald Trump asked Korean Presiden..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-27
    "A woman, 19, was confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 after traveling around Jeju Island for five days, authorities said Wednesday. According to the Jeju government, the woman and three other people, including her mother, arrived on Jeju March 20 and ― despite her coronavirus symptoms ― traveled around the island before being confirmed to have the disease at a Seoul health center on March 24. As a result, 38 people, who had b..
  • Reuters - 2020-03-25
    “South Korean police took the unusual step of publicly identifying the 24-year-old accused leader of an online sexual blackmail ring after the case lead to a national outcry in a country still focused on battling a coronavirus outbreak. Cho Ju-bin was identified by police as the central suspect in the case after more than 5 million South Koreans signed multiple petitions calling for authorities to release his name. Cho is accused of organizin..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-25
    "South Korea reported 100 new cases of the novel coronavirus Wednesday, up from 76 new cases a day earlier, bringing the nation's total infections to 9,137. The 100 new cases, which were detected Tuesday, marked the 14th consecutive day that there were 100 or fewer additional cases, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The death toll rose by six to 126."
  • Korea JoongAng Daily - 2020-03-25
    'Girl group Blackpink has set a new record for a K-pop act, becoming the first Korean group to reach 1.1 billion views for a music video on YouTube. According to its agency YG Entertainment, the music video for “Ddu-du Ddu-du” (2018) reached the historic mark around 12 p.m. on Tuesday, a year and nine months after its release. “Ddu-du Ddu-du” was the lead track for Blackpink’s first EP “Square Up,” which quickly stormed music..
  • Reuters - 2020-03-25
    "President Donald Trump asked South Korea to send medical equipment to the United States to fight the coronavirus, promising to help Korean companies gain U.S. government approval, South Korea’s presidential office said. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in offered to send the equipment if his country has any spare, his Blue House office said in a statement late on Tuesday, after the 23 minute phone call, which it said was arranged at T..
  • Al Jazeera - 2020-03-25
    "South Korea has doubled a planned economic rescue package to 100 trillion won ($80bn) to save companies hit by the coronavirus and put a floor under crashing stocks and bond markets. The package announced on Tuesday includes 29.1 trillion won ($23bn) in loans to small and medium-sized companies, while another 20 trillion won ($16bn) will be used to buy corporate bonds and commercial paper, used to secure short-term funding, of companies f..
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