South Korea Tightens Social Distancing Rules

South Korea said it will tighten social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area and some parts of eastern Gangwon province to try to suppress a coronavirus resurgence there. Tuesday’s announcement came as South Korea’s daily virus tally stayed above 200 for a fourth straight day. T

South Korean Firm to Produce 150 Mn Doses a Year of Russian COVID-19 Vaccine

South Korea’s GL Rapha will make more than 150 million doses of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine per year, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund said on Friday, one of its biggest production deals announced so far as Moscow aims to boost output abroad. While Russia is ramping up its domestic pr

S.Korea 'Seriously' Concerned Over Japanese Radioactive Water Dump

South Korea expressed alarm on Thursday about the possibility that Japan will dump more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea. South Korea's "serious concern" about the contaminated water was conveyed when senior official

S.Korea Urges People to Get Flu Shots, Trust its Steps on Health

South Korea sought on Monday to dispel concerns over the safety of its seasonal influenza vaccine, urging it on citizens in a bid to avert stress on a health system that is already grappling with the coronavirus. Public anxiety over the safety of flu vaccine has surged after at least 59 people di

5 South Koreans Die after Getting Flu Shots, Sparking Vaccine Fears

Five people have died after getting flu shots in South Korea in the past week, authorities said, raising concerns over the vaccine’s safety just as the seasonal inoculation program is expanded to head off potential COVID-19 complications. Authorities said there was no reason to believe the

South Korea increases hospital, nursing homes tests

South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at hospitals and nursing homes to prevent transmissions at live-in facilities. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Monday brought the national

North Korea celebrates party anniversary amid economic woes

North Korea on Saturday celebrated the 75th anniversary of its ruling party with outside observers expecting leader Kim Jong Un to take center stage in a massive military parade in capital Pyongyang, where the North could possibly unveil the latest weapons in its growing nuclear force threatening

S. Korea Counts 64 Cases, Worries about Holiday

South Korea has reported 64 new cases of the coronavirus, the fourth straight day its increase came below 100, possibly reflecting the fewer number of tests conducted during one of the biggest holidays of the year. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Sunday

South Korea: Slain government official tried to defect to Pyongyang

South Korea said Tuesday that a government official slain by North Korean sailors wanted to defect, concluding that the man, who had gambling debts, swam against unfavorable currents with the help of a life jacket and a floatation device and conveyed his intention of resettling in North Korea.Seni

North Korea warns of naval tensions during search for slain South Korean

North Korea said on Sunday it is searching for the body a South Korean official killed by its troops, but warned that South Korean naval operations in the area threatened to raise tensions by intruding across a disputed sea border.  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare apology on Fr

Kim Jong-un apologises for shooting of South Korean official

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has apologised for the shooting at sea of a South Korean official who was suspected of trying to defect, and whose body was later burned. South Korea's military said on Thursday that North Korean troops shot dead a fisheries official who went missing ear

South Korea suspends flu shots in setback for winter COVID-19 preparations

South Korea suspended free flu shots on Tuesday after reports of problems in storing the vaccinations during transportation, disrupting plans to pre-emptively ease the burden on a healthcare system already strained by coronavirus outbreaks. The country, which has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases si

South Korea eases social distancing for two weeks ahead of major holiday

SEOUL - South Korea on Sunday eased its tough social distancing policy for the next two weeks in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, with new daily novel coronavirus cases hovering stubbornly within triple digits. The government has lifted a ban on onsite dining after 9 p.m. though sti

Typhoon Lashes South Korea after Battering Japanese Islands

A powerful typhoon damaged buildings, flooded roads and knocked out power to thousands of homes in South Korea on Monday after battering islands in southern Japan. More than 20 people were injured. The Korea Meteorological Administration warned of “very heavy rain and very strong winds&rdqu

South Korea sect members donate blood for virus research

South Korea: Nearly 200 coronavirus survivors from a secretive South Korean sect blamed for the country’s early outbreak donated blood plasma Friday to help treatment research, as the group seeks to redeem itself.Scientists have pointed to the potential for treatment using blood plasma conta

South Korea Rolls Out Strict Social Distancing Rules amid New COVID-19 Battle

South Korea has announced it will ramp up coronavirus restrictions across the country starting Sunday to try and control a growing outbreak. The move came as South Korea -- which had largely brought its earlier outbreak under control -- reported 332 cases on Saturday, the highest daily figure sin

Kim Jong-un gives sister Yo-jong 'more responsibilities'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has delegated more responsibilities to his aides, including his sister Kim Yo-jong, South Korea's spy agency claims. Mr Kim still maintains "absolute authority", but handed various policy areas to others to reduce his stress levels, the spy agency reportedly said.

Seoul tightens restrictions after spike linked to churches

South Korea on Sunday tightened coronavirus restrictions following the highest single-day spike in cases across the country since March, with a majority traced to public gatherings at churches, schools and restaurants.    Churches in the capital area continue to be major infection

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