News Articles
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-05
    "South Korea reported 438 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the nation's total number of infections to 5,766, with most new virus infections still identified in the southeastern city of Daegu, the epicenter of the virus outbreak here. Of the 438 new cases, which were detected on Wednesday, 320 are in Daegu and 87 in neighboring North Gyeongsang Province, the two epicenters of the virus outbreak here, the KCDC said. Ot..
  • The Korea Herald - 2020-03-05
    "Three children were killed in a house fire in Seoul on Wednesday, police and fire fighters said. The fire occurred on the third floor of a commercial-residential building in Godeok-dong, southeastern Seoul, at around 3 p.m., they said. The fire was extinguished about 20 minutes later, but three children -- a four-year-old boy, four-year-old girl and seven-year-old girl -- were found with third-degree burns."
  • Korea JoongAng Daily - 2020-03-05
    “Park Geun-hye, the impeached former president of Korea, stepped back into politics Wednesday while in prison by sending a message calling for the country’s conservatives to unite ahead of the April 15 parliamentary elections. In a handwritten letter made public by her lawyer, Yoo Young-ha, Park asked them to come together around the 'existing giant opposition party.' Yoo read the letter aloud at a press briefing he held at the Na..
  • Korea JoongAng Daily - 2020-03-05
    "Centrist voters are dissatisfied with the Moon Jae-in administration’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak, a survey showed Wednesday, and their votes for the April general elections will be swayed by the current situation. According to a poll commissioned by the JoongAng Ilbo and conducted by Hankook Research, 50.9 percent of the centrist voters said they think the government is doing poorly in the fight against the outbreak, whil..
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-05
    "Global super band BTS debuted three of its new songs on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for this week on Wednesday while topping a string of other Billboard charts with its new album, 'Map of the Soul: 7.' According to the weekly Billboard chart updates, 'ON,' the lead track of '7,' ranked 4th on the Hot 100 chart dated March 7, as previously announced by the music magazine. It was BTS' first top 5 h..
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-04
    " South Korea's coronavirus caseload rose above 5,600 on Wednesday, with the outbreak in the southeastern city of Daegu, the hotspot here, showing little sign of a slowdown. The country unveiled an extra budget of 11.7 trillion won (US$9.8 billion) to help fight the virus and mitigate the economic fallout. The 293 new cases, which were identified over the past 16 hours on Wednesday, brought the nation's total number of infections..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-04
    'North Korean state media on Wednesday slammed South Korean movies and dramas for engaging in "anti-republic" propaganda with fakes and fabrication about the communist state. Uriminzokkiri did not specify its targets for criticism, but they might include such recent hits as TV drama "Crash Landing On You" and blockbuster movie "Ashfall."' Read more from The Korea Times.
  • Korea JoongAng Daily - 2020-03-04
    "A Korean woman forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II died this week, a civic group said Tuesday, bringing down the number of surviving victims to 18. The woman, identified only as Lee, died Monday at the age of 92 at her home in Daegu, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) southeast of Seoul, according to the Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan. Lee was born..
  • Reuters - 2020-03-04
    "South Korea reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday as many sick people waited for hospital beds in Daegu, the city at the center of the worst outbreak outside China. In Daegu, 2,300 people were waiting to be admitted to hospitals and temporary medical facilities, Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said. A 100-bed military hospital that had been handling many of the most serious cases was due to have 200 additional beds ava..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-04
    "Korea's per capita gross national income (GNI) dropped for the first time in four years in 2019, as the global economic slowdown and external trade uncertainty restrained export activities, the Bank of Korea (BOK) said Tuesday. According to the central bank, the GNI per capita last year reached $32,047, down 4.1 percent from the previous year. This is the first decline since 2015 when the economy suffered a setback from the MERS outb..
  • Yonhap News Agency via The Korea Herald - 2020-03-04
    "South Korea reported 516 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the nation's total number of infections to 5,328, with the outbreak in the southeastern city of Daegu, the hotspot here, showing little sign of a slowdown. So far, 32 people, mostly elderly patients with underlying illnesses, have died in South Korea from the respiratory virus that emerged in China late last year, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Pr..
  • Reuters - 2020-03-04
    "South Korea announced a stimulus package of 11.7 trillion won ($9.8 billion) on Wednesday to cushion the impact of the largest outbreak of coronavirus outside China as efforts to contain the disease worsen supply disruptions and sap consumption. Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said the supplementary budget, subject to parliamentary approval, will channel money to the health system, child care, and outdoor markets. The flu-like virus, which o..
  • The Korea Times - 2020-03-04
    "At least 26 company employees and residents in the southern city of Seosan were injured Wednesday following an explosion at Lotte Chemical Corp.'s plant here. The fire broke out following an explosion at 2:59 a.m. at the Lotte affiliate's plant in South Chungcheong Province, according to fire officials. No death has been reported so far."
  • The Guardian - 2020-03-04
    'The sister of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has condemned South Korea as a “frightened dog barking” after Seoul protested against a live-fire military exercise by the North. Kim Yo-jong’s comments – her first known official statement – came after Seoul’s security ministers expressed “strong concern” over Pyongyang’s firing of two short-range ballistic missiles on Monday – its first weapons test for more than thr..
  • Korea JoongAng Daily - 2020-03-04
    "President Moon Jae-in issued Tuesday an apology to the public for the shortage of face masks as the coronavirus spreads. It was the first time Moon offered an apology to the people about the government’s failure to resolve the shortage of face masks. Public frustration is high as people queue for hours to buy masks promised by the government - only to find they are sold out."
  • Yonhap News Agency - 2020-03-03
    "South Korea reported 600 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections here to 4,812, with an alarming cluster of infections continuing to swell in the southeastern city of Daegu. Of the new cases, 519 are in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, and 61 are in neighboring North Gyeongsang Province, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The latest figure was tallied..
  • The Dong-A Ilbo - 2020-03-03
    “'Many South Koreans are having a hard time for COVID-19. I am happy to deliver the news that all Koreans can be proud of,' said Im Sung-jae, who won his first PGA Tour championship on his 50th start. His fans were thrilled at his come-from-behind victory on such a tough course, likening Im’s achievement to Pak Se-ri, who instilled a sense of confidence into South Koreans to overcome the Asian foreign reserve crisis with her baref..
  • BBC News - 2020-03-03
    "The head of the religious sect that has been at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea has apologised to the nation for the disease's spread. Lee Man-hee, the leader of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, got on his knees and bowed at a news conference. About 60% of the country's more than 4,000 confirmed cases are sect members."
  • CNN - 2020-03-03
    "South Korea has come up with an innovative way of testing for the novel coronavirus -- and it was inspired by the drive-through counters at McDonalds and Starbucks, officials say. Here's how it works."
  • Time - 2020-03-03
    "North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into its eastern sea on Monday as it begins to resume weapons demonstrations after a months-long hiatus that could have been forced by the coronavirus crisis in Asia. The launches came two days after North Korea’s state media said leader Kim Jong Un supervised an artillery drill aimed at testing the combat readiness of units in front-line and eastern areas. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff s..
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