<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Domestic]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Health Authorities: Diagnostic System in Place for Monkeypox]]> With a growing number of countries reporting cases of monkeypox, a rare viral illness usually found in parts of Africa, health authorities said on Sunday that they have already established a diagnostic testing system for the disease. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 22 May 2022 14:32:04 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea's New COVID-19 Cases Fall below 20,000]]> South Korea’s daily COVID-19 cases fell below 20-thousand amid a continued downturn in infections. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Sunday that 19-thousand-298 infections were reported throughout Saturday, including 24 cases from overseas, bringing the total caseload to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 22 May 2022 11:20:14 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[COVID-19 Patients to Vote After 6:30 p.m. for Local Elections]]> Voters infected with COVID-19 will be able to cast their ballots for the June 1 local elections after 6:30 p.m. According to the National Election Commission(NEC) on Friday, COVID-19 patients will be allowed to cast their ballots between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. next Saturday, the second day of early voting ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 May 2022 14:34:38 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[KDCA System to Monitor Heat Patients during Summer]]> Starting Friday, health authorities will operate a system to monitor cases of heat-related diseases caused by scorching summer weather. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA) said on Friday that the system will be in place until September 30, with cooperation from about 500 medical ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 May 2022 14:21:07 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[7-Day Quarantine for COVID-19 Patients to Remain for 4 More Weeks]]> The government has decided to maintain the seven-day quarantine requirement for COVID-19 patients for four more weeks until June 20. Interior minister Lee Sang-min announced the decision on Friday in a government meeting on COVID-19 responses, citing the detection of new virus variants in the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 May 2022 14:06:37 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Explosion at Oil Refinery Leaves 1 Dead, 9 Injured]]> One person has been killed and nine more were injured in an explosion that occurred at an oil refinery in Ulsan. Firefighters were called to the scene following the explosion at around 8:51 p.m. on Thursday. One worker was found dead, and nine injured workers were taken to the hospital, including four with ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 May 2022 13:58:54 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea Reports 25,125 New COVID-19 Cases, Lowest Friday in 16 Weeks]]> South Korea posted new COVID-19 cases in the 20-thousand range for the second consecutive day, and the lowest figure for a Friday in 16 weeks. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Friday that 25-thousand-125 infections were confirmed throughout the previous day, including 22 cases from ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 May 2022 11:05:15 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Gov’t to Build COVID-19 Big Data Platform by Year’s End]]> The government will build a big data platform related to COVID-19 by December this year and incorporate all infectious diseases into the system by 2024.   Under the plan announced by the Central Disease Control Headquarters on Thursday, the government will integrate COVID-19 information scattered ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 May 2022 19:24:06 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Prosecutors Raid Fmr. Energy Minister's Office, 6 Trade Ministry Affiliates]]> Prosecutors raided six organizations affiliated with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, as well as the office of former energy minister Baek Woon-kyu at Hanyang University on Thursday in relation to the ministry's “blacklist” scandal. The Liberty Korea Party, the predecessor of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 May 2022 15:47:07 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Officials Vow Proper Steps for COVID-19 Patients Voting on June 1]]> Health authorities, acknowledging that voting in the June 1 elections by people infected with COVID-19 may increase the risk of transmission, vowed to implement countermeasures in advance. In a Thursday briefing, a senior official at the Central Disease Control Headquarters, Park Young-jun said that no ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 May 2022 15:03:35 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Part of 'Yongsan Park' to Open to Public for 13-Day Trial Period]]> Part of the former U.S. Army facility slated to become “Yongsan Park” near the new presidential office will be open to the public on a trial basis starting next week. The land ministry said on Thursday that a portion of the site, running from south of the presidential office to the sports fields north ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 May 2022 13:52:51 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Issuance of Short-term Travel Visas, E-Visas to Resume from June 1]]> The government will resume issuing short-term travel visas and e-visas for foreign tourists from June first. The justice ministry revealed the plan regarding C-3 visas and e-visas after having temporarily suspended their issuance from April 13, 2020 as part of efforts to prevent an increase in imported ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 May 2022 11:20:58 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea Reports 28,130 New COVID-19 Cases]]> Health authorities reported about 28-thousand new COVID-19 cases amid a clear downturn in infections. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Thursday that 28-thousand-130 infections were reported throughout the previous day, including 15 cases from overseas. The country's accumulated ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 May 2022 09:49:04 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Public Officials' Conflict of Interest Prevention Law to Take Effect Thursday]]> A law aimed at preventing acts of "conflict of interest" by public officials is set to take effect on Thursday.   The core intention of the law, known as the Prevention of Conflict of Interest Related to Duties of Public Servants Act, is to prohibit officials from taking personal gains using information ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 May 2022 19:02:40 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Prosecution Reinstates Financial, Securities Crimes Investigation Team]]> The prosecution has announced that it had reinstated a specialized organization tasked with investigating financial and securities crimes, in line with a pledge made by justice minister Han Dong-hoon in his swearing-in address on Tuesday. The Seoul Southern District Prosecutors' Office said on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 May 2022 15:25:17 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Authorities Agree on Need for Financial Support for Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients]]> Health authorities have agreed that financial aid for hospitalized COVID-19 patients will still be necessary even in the post-pandemic stage. Park Hyang, the director of antivirus measures at the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, said on Wednesday that medical costs could impose a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 May 2022 15:13:53 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea Reports 31,352 New COVID-19 Cases, Lowest in 15 Wednesdays]]> South Korea has announced slightly over 31-thousand new COVID-19 cases, the lowest figure for a Wednesday in 15 weeks, amid the continued decline of virus infections in the nation. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Wednesday that 31-thousand-352 infections were confirmed throughout the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 May 2022 10:19:27 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Authorities to Consider Variables before Further Lifting Quarantine Rules]]> The government said it will take into account the possibility of another wave of COVID-19 as well as new variants of COVID-19 overseas when making a decision on whether to further lift social distancing rules. Second vice health and welfare minister Lee Gi-il relayed the stance as he presided over a meeting ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 May 2022 10:13:58 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Police Raid Football Club, Construction Company in Probe Involving Lee Jae-myung]]> The police are conducting a search at a football club and construction firm as part of an investigation into allegations involving former Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung. The Bundang Police Station in Gyeonggi Province said they began raiding the office of Seongnam FC and the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 May 2022 16:45:18 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Antibody Survey to be Conducted to Gauge Natural Immunity to COVID-19 ]]> The government will begin a large-scale survey on antibody positivity rates to determine the level of natural immunity against COVID-19 in society to assist in virus-related policy development. The Central Disease Control Headquarters said on Tuesday that the survey on ten-thousand people per quarter will ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 May 2022 15:57:37 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea Reports First Cases of BA.4, BA.5 Omicron Subvariants]]> South Korea has detected the first domestic cases of omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 of COVID-19 spreading across the world, strains that are notably prevalent in South Africa. The Central Disease Control Headquarters said on Tuesday that an inbound traveler from South Africa tested positive for the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 May 2022 14:21:14 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea Reports 35,117 New COVID-19 Cases]]> Health authorities reported about 35-thousand new COVID-19 cases amid a clear downturn in infections. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Tuesday that 35-thousand-117 infections were reported throughout the previous day, including 26 from overseas. The country's accumulated caseload came to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 May 2022 09:46:44 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Police Launch Investigation into Yoon's Nominee for Justice Minister]]> Police have launched an investigation into President Yoon Suk Yeol's nominee for justice minister after civic groups filed a complaint. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said on Monday they were assigned the case after complaints were submitted by civic groups, including the People’s Livelihood ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 16 May 2022 16:40:26 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Authorities to Decide on Add'l Suspension of Quarantine Rules by Friday]]> Health authorities say they will decide by Friday whether to lift more COVID-19 quarantine rules in line with the recent downgrade of the virus' infectious disease level from the highest Class One to Two. According to the Central Disaster Management Headquarters on Monday, analysis of quarantine data ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 16 May 2022 14:57:35 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[New COVID-19 Cases Fall to 10,000s for First Time in 104 Days]]> Daily COVID-19 cases fell to the ten-thousand range for the first time in more than three months amid a clear downturn in infections. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Monday that 13-thousand-296 infections were reported throughout the previous day, including 28 from overseas. The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 16 May 2022 09:58:04 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Age of Eligibility for COVID-19 Treatment Pills Lowered]]> Starting Monday, Pfizer's COVID-19 oral treatment Paxlovid will be available to people aged 12 or older with underlying medical conditions. The government also said that the antiviral pill Lagevrio, developed by U.S. firm Merck Sharp & Dohme, will be available to people aged 18 or older with underlying ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 16 May 2022 08:51:06 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[New COVID-19 Cases Fall to 25,434]]> Daily COVID-19 cases fell to 25-thousand range amid a continued downturn in infections. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Sunday that 25-thousand-434 infections were reported throughout the previous day, including 26 from overseas. The country's accumulated caseload came to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 15 May 2022 10:29:33 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[No. of Int'l Flights to Further Increase amid Rising Demand]]> The government will further increase the number of international flights amid improving quarantine indices and rising demand for overseas travel. Minister of the Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min said in a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on Friday that the government ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 13 May 2022 10:29:57 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[New COVID-19 Cases Fall to 32,451]]> New COVID-19 cases fell by more than three-thousand to stay below 40-thousand amid a downward trend in infections. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Friday that 32-thousand-451 infections were confirmed throughout the previous day, including 15 cases from overseas. The country's ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 13 May 2022 09:39:52 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Booster Shot Recommended after 3 Mo. for Recovered COVID-19 Patients]]> Health authorities have recommended recovered COVID-19 patients get boosted three months after testing positive. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Thursday set a new standard for vaccination intervals for confirmed COVID-19 patients, taking into consideration natural immunity from the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 12 May 2022 16:11:46 +0900 Domestic