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  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-23
    "A 93-year-old South Korean woman infected with the novel coronavirus has fully recovered and been released from quarantine, city officials said Monday. The patient, a resident at a nursing hospital in the southeastern city of Gyeongsan, was discharged after fully recovering from COVID-19 at a Seoul hospital. The city is adjacent to Daegu, an epicenter of the local outbreak."
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-23
    "South Korea reported its lowest daily figure for new coronavirus infections since late last month on Monday, as the nation ramped up social distancing rules to slow the virus pandemic. The 64 new cases, which were detected Sunday, brought the nation's total infections to 8,961, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The daily infections stayed below 100 cases for the second straight day, and Monday&..
  • The Straits Times - 2020-03-23
    "South Korean exports rose 10.0 per cent in the first 20 days of March year-on-year as the lockdowns across the world to prevent the coronavirus spread fuelled demand for teleconferencing technology and components. Outbound shipments of semiconductors, the nation's major export, jumped 20.3 per cent on-year, the Korea Customs Service data showed on Monday (March 23), better than a 15.4 per cent rise seen a month earlier."
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-23
    "South Korea will take legal actions against several Protestant churches for violating the government's guidelines for preventing the massive spread of the new coronavirus, the prime minister said Monday. As part of the government's drive for stricter social distancing, health authorities advised churches to follow quarantine measures, including keeping the distance between followers at least 2 meters while attending services, an..
  • CNBC - 2020-03-23
    "The launch follows two earlier this month, when North Korea launched short-range missiles and multiple projectiles, according to South Korea’s military. The suspected missiles were fired from North Pyongan province, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The province is above Pyongyang on the northwest corner of the Korean peninsula, bordering China. Japan’s coast guard said on Saturday that North Korea appeared to have fired a m..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-20
    "South Korea recorded fewer than 100 new daily virus cases again on Friday, but health authorities remained on high alert over new cluster infections and imported coronavirus cases. The 87 new cases, which were detected Thursday, brought the nation's total number of infections to 8,652, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The daily infection rate has been in double digits this week, except for the..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-20
    "South Korea and the United States have signed a $60 billion bilateral currency swap agreement, Seoul's central bank said Thursday, a move expected to relieve liquidity crunch caused by the global spread of the new coronavirus. The $60 billion arrangement will be in place for at least six months. The Korean won fell by 40 won to close at 1,285.70 won against the U.S. greenback Thursday, the lowest in over a decade as investors rush to..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-20
    "President Moon Jae-in announced a sweeping financial aid package worth around 50 trillion won ($39 billion) during an emergency meeting convened at Cheong Wa Dae, Thursday. The inaugural meeting of the so-called Emergency Economic Council (EEC), consisting of the heads of relevant ministries and institutions, focused on measures to relieve the problems of small- and medium-sized firms, small business owners and the self-employed. Moon ann..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-20
    "The Korean Consulate General in Montreal has warned citizens in Canada after a Korean man was attacked for no reason in the city. The victim, 44, was stabbed in the upper body by a stranger while walking on Decarie Blvd. Sunday (local time), according to the Korean Consulate General Tuesday. The warning comes as many East Asians around the world have reported incidents of racism and discrimination since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Chi..
  • The Hankyoreh - 2020-03-20
    "As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced on Mar. 18 that it is issuing a Level 1 travel advisory (blue alert/take precautions) for all countries and regions not covered by previous advisories, with the new advisory taking effect on Mar. 19. As the novel coronavirus spreads around the world, many countries have taken steps to restrict entering and exiting their borders, making it ha..
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-19
    "South Korea saw an uptick in daily new infections of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, as new clusters of infection continued to pop up in the virus-hit southeastern city of Daegu as well as Seoul and neighboring areas. The 152 new cases, which were detected Wednesday and reversed four days of double-digit daily new infections, brought the nation's total number of infections to 8,565, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Preven..
  • Korea JoongAng Daily - 2020-03-19
    "Korean stocks fell for a sixth consecutive day to a 10-year low as the government released measures aimed at calming the markets. The benchmark index started out the day in good shape, rising 12.76 points but then quickly declined, falling 81.24 points to 1,591.20, down 4.86 percent for the day. It hasn’t been below 1,600 since May 2010."
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-19
    "A South Korean government-arranged chartered flight departed for Seoul on Thursday, carrying 80 people evacuated from Iran due to the worsening outbreak of the new coronavirus. The Asiana Airlines plane, with 74 Koreans and six Iranian family members aboard, took off from Al Maktoum International Airport near Dubai at 8:05 a.m. (Korean time), the foreign ministry in Seoul said. It is scheduled to arrive at Incheon International Airport on..
  • Korea JoongAng Daily - 2020-03-19
    "At least 75 new infections of the coronavirus have been traced to a hospital for the elderly in Daegu, local officials announced Wednesday, igniting fears of another major outbreak in Korea’s epicenter. The latest cluster of infections was reported as daily new infections in Daegu and the surrounding province of North Gyeongsang in Korea’s southeastern region had been dropping. Daegu officials announced that 57 out of 117 patients at ..
  • The Korea Herald - 2020-03-19
    "Experts say chest CT scans and X-rays can reveal COVID-19 infections that go undetected by RT-PCR, which is currently the chief method for determining if a person has the disease. Speaking at a conference organized by the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies last week, radiologist Do Kyung-hyun of Asan Medical Center in Seoul said the chest radiographs of otherwise asymptomatic patients sometimes revealed signs of infiltr..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-18
    "South Korea reported 93 new cases of the new coronavirus Wednesday, up from 84 new cases a day earlier, bringing the nation's total infections to 8,413, as health authorities have stayed alert for cluster infections across the nation. The 93 new cases, which were detected on Tuesday, marked the fourth straight day that daily new infections were in the double digits. The pace of daily new infections has shown marked signs of slowing s..
  • Korea JoongAng Daily - 2020-03-18
    "Schools will remain closed for another two weeks, Korean education officials announced Tuesday, delaying the start of the school year for the third time to April 6. Korean day care centers, kindergartens, elementary, middle and high schools were supposed to start on March 2, but education officials have been delaying the start date out of fear that children may spread the coronavirus in classrooms. In deciding on the third postponement, E..
  • Quartz - 2020-03-18
    "To locals, [Gangwon Province] is known for its firm, large potatoes that are used to produce delicacies such as dumplings and pancakes. Demand for Gangwon’s famed potatoes, however, came crashing down this year with the coronavirus outbreak, as restaurants and school canteens around the country closed down, sapping demand for the crop. Provincial governor Choi Moon-soon spurred to action and put out a call on Twitter on March 11 for peo..
  • Reuters - 2020-03-18
    "South Korea said on Tuesday it plans to tighten border checks for all arrivals from overseas to prevent new cases of coronavirus coming into the country at a time when domestically transmitted infections are subsiding. The stricter checks for all arrivals will start on Thursday and come as China also stepped up monitoring of foreign travellers, in the latest sign of the pandemic’s shifting centre of gravity from Asia to Europe."
  • South China Morning Post - 2020-03-18
    "A church in South Korea sprayed salt water inside the mouths of followers out of a false belief it would help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but by using the same spray bottle without disinfecting the nozzle, it resulted in 46 church-goers infected, authorities said on Monday. Video images from the River of Grace Community Church in Gyeonggi Province, south of Seoul, show a church official sticking the nozzle of a spray bottle dee..
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