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Reporter : Bahk Eun-ji
Sun, September 19, 2021 | 07:46
Gov't on alert over Chuseok gatherings
The health authorities are urging citizens to refrain from gathering and traveling, amid growing concerns that the country's virus cases are likely to reach a peak during the Chuseok holiday, the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving, which runs from Sept. 20 to 22 this year.
Seoul City to set up investment agency
Seoul City will set up an organization in charge of attracting foreign investment into the city, similar to the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, as a part of its bid to increase the city's competitiveness and establish the city as Asia's digital financial hub, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said, Wednesday. This is a core part of the mayor's Seoul Vision 2030, a master...
Parents hesitant about vaccinating children over safety concerns
Debate is arising over the government's plan to allow COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 12 to 17 starting next month. Some parents say the inoculations will ensure their children's safety and allow them to be more active, while others say they are concerned about potential side effects.
Educators, city gov't at odds over 'Seoul Learn'
Seoul Learn, one of Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon's campaign promises to provide underprivileged students with online lectures from well-known private academies (“hagwon” in Korean) for free, began operating officially at the end of last month. Although the goal is to bridge the educational disparity between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds, a controversy has arisen...
Contactless holiday reduces stress: survey
Less Koreans experience stress which they used to have during family gatherings during traditional holidays, as the number of get-togethers with relatives has decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey showed, Friday. According to a survey of 3,033 adults conducted by recruiting platform Saramin, 40.2 percent of respondents said they feel stressed about the upcoming Chu...
Shoplifting increases along with rise in unmanned stores
The number of unmanned stores has risen as shop owners have sought to cut costs due to financial burdens suffered from the increase in the basic wage and a dearth of customers due to the COVID-19 pandemic along with the proliferation of online shopping options. Along with the increasing quantity of such stores, however, the number of cases of theft taking place in the absence...
Increasing infections at schools raise concerns
Concerns are rising among students and parents as COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in schools, after elementary, middle and high schools resumed in-person classes in late August for the second semester of the year. Some parents are calling for the expansion of online classes again, as only high school seniors have been vaccinated, but the education authorities say in-person less...
Smallest preemie discharged from hospital in good health
A premature baby weighing only 288 grams and measuring 23.5 centimeters, small enough to fit into an adult's palm, was recently discharged from hospital following 153 days of treatment. Doctors say it is a miracle that the “preemie” overcame less than a 1 percent chance of survival. According to the department of neonatology at Asan Medical Center Seoul, the infant, named Cho...
Gov't to expand study opportunities for less-popular languages in Korea
The government will expand support measures for people studying or planning to study foreign languages that are not widely learned here but are believed to be important to the country's national interests. Study programs will be increased in particular for middle and high school students from multiracial families, who live in advantageous conditions to develop bilingual abili...
Local governments encourage foreign residents to get vaccinated
Local governments are ramping up efforts to encourage foreign residents to receive vaccinations against COVID-19 as the number of new infections among foreign nationals is steadily increasing. According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Tuesday, 15.2 percent of newly confirmed patients between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4 were foreign nationals.
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