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South Korea expands ban on social gatherings nationwide

SEOUL — South Korea expanded a ban on private gatherings larger than four people to the whole country, and extended unprecedented social distancing rules in greater Seoul as the number of daily cases bounced back to more than 1,000 in four days.

As end to pandemic mask-wearing nears, South Koreans scramble to arrange...

When Ryu Han-na, a 20-year-old university student, got cosmetic surgery on her nose in mid-December, she had a simple reason: it might be the last chance to do so covertly before people start taking off masks this year as vaccines are distributed.

S.Korea sets $8.5 bln package to fight new coronavirus wave –...

SEOUL - South Korea unveiled a fresh 9.3 trillion won ($8.49 billion) package on Tuesday to support small businesses hit by a third wave...

S.Korea to accelerate virus vaccine efforts

SEOUL — South Korean officials are vowing to speed up efforts to launch a public coronavirus vaccination programme as the country on Monday announced it had detected its first cases of the virus variant linked to the rapid rise in infections in Britain.

Once a Billionaire Factory, Korea’s Beauty Industry Turns Ugly

Three years ago, Suh Kyung-bae was the second-richest person in South Korea. Today he’s barely Top 10, a stark reversal in a K-beauty boom...

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

Dec 24 (Reuters) - Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:   Singapore confirms first case of new coronavirus variant Singapore confirmed its...

Fresh coronavirus wave tests S.Korea’s no-lockdown strategy

TIME AFTER TIME this year, South Korea prevented the coronavirus from spreading uncontrollably, applying its elite testing-and-tracing practices that have become a global model for managing the pandemic without draconian, economy-sapping lockdowns.

Hundreds of Thai workers found dying in South Korea with numbers...

BANGKOK/SEOUL — The deaths of hundreds of mainly undocumented Thai migrant workers in South Korea have been uncovered by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, prompting the United Nations (UN) to call for an inquiry into the fate of migrants known as “little ghosts.”

South Korea orders schools to shut as COVID-19 cases spike

South Korea ordered schools to close from Tuesday in the capital Seoul and surrounding areas as it battles its worst outbreak of novel coronavirus since the pandemic began, surpassing the previous peak in February.

S. Korea to buy millions of vaccine doses as coronavirus cases...

SEOUL — South Korea said on Tuesday it had signed deals to provide coronavirus vaccines for 44 million people next year, as the country battles a wave of infections that authorities say could overwhelm its medical system.

S.Korea mulls stricter social distancing amid virus spike

SEOUL — South Korean authorities will consider tighter social distancing restrictions on Sunday to clamp down on economic activities after last week saw the fastest spread of infections since the early days of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

South Korea eyes more investments in PHL but flags ‘high’ corporate...

SOUTH KOREA is looking to expand investments in the Philippines, but expressed concern over the country’s “high” corporate income tax rate, according to the Department of Finance (DoF).

South Korea to convert hotels into apartments to address home shortage

SEOUL — South Korea is converting hotels and offices into rental units in its latest attempt to address nationwide outcry over soaring rents, targeting an increasing number of single, young renters struggling to find affordable homes.

Asia reaches crossroads in fight vs coronavirus

SYDNEY —  Countries across the Asia-Pacific region reported record new coronavirus numbers and fresh outbreaks on Monday, with Japan facing mounting pressure to reimpose a state of emergency and South Korea warning it was at a “critical crossroads”.

S.Korea’s conscripted doctors feel like ‘human shields’ in virus battle

OKCHEON, South Korea — As the coronavirus pandemic began sweeping through South Korea late in February, doctor Nam Ha-jong received an order to report...

South Korea economy returns to growth in Q3 as stimulus kicks...

SEOUL — South Korea’s economy returned to growth in the third quarter, recovering from its sharpest contraction in more than a decade, as the...

South Korea’s Big Hit market debut tempered by reliance on K-pop...

SEOUL — Big Hit Entertainment, the management label of South Korean superstar K-pop group BTS, hit the stock market with a 9.6 trillion won ($8.38 billion) valuation on Thursday before worries over its narrow revenue stream pulled shares below the debut price.

Seoul’s angels: South Korea food delivery giants rev up rider race...

SEOUL — In South Korea, some of the world’s biggest food delivery firms are scrambling to surf an estimated $4 billion wave of new orders, contracting thousands of new riders in a boom triggered by the scourge of the global economy—the coronavirus pandemic.

Auto parts manufacturers worry over upcoming FTA with S. Korea

AUTOMOTIVE parts manufacturers expect a drop in production and employment if tariffs on automotive products imported from South Korea are lowered as part of the upcoming bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).

Fans of boy band BTS join swarm of ‘Ants’ chasing S....

SEOUL — Kim Eun-hee wants to complete her collection of memorabilia of Korean boy band BTS by bidding more than $120,000 to buy shares...

NK troops ‘killed’ missing S. Korean

SEOUL — A South Korean fisheries official who went missing this week was questioned in North Korean (NK) waters before being shot dead by troops who then doused his body in oil and set it on fire, South Korea’s military said on Thursday.

Travel firms study ties with S. Korean counterparts

TRAVEL agencies are looking to develop an exclusive partnership with their counterparts in South Korea in preparation for the resumption of operations.

South  Korea to secure coronavirus vaccines for 60% of population

SEOUL — South Korea will secure early supply of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines for 30 million people, or 60% of its population, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

South Korea free trade deal still expected before end of 2020...

FREE TRADE agreement (FTA) negotiations between the Philippines and South Korea are still due to conclude this year despite delays caused by the pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.

South Korea orders striking doctors back to work amid surge in...

SEOUL — South Korea ordered doctors in the Seoul area to return to work on Wednesday as they began a three-day strike in protest...

Seoul mandates masks as coronavirus cases spike

SEOUL — South Korea’s capital on Monday ordered the wearing of masks in both indoor and outdoor public places for the first time, as it battles a surge in coronavirus cases centered in the densely populated metropolitan area.

S.Korea reports biggest rise in coronavirus cases since March

SEOUL — South Korea reported its highest daily rise in novel coronavirus cases since early March on Sunday, as outbreaks continued to spread from a Seoul church and from political demonstrations its members had attended.

South Korea warns of nationwide coronavirus spread

SEOUL — South Korea reported on Wednesday its highest daily rise in novel coronavirus cases since early March as outbreaks from churches around the capital spread, prompting a warning of a nationwide wave of infections.

S. Korea warns of tighter rules amid worst virus outbreak in...

SEOUL — South Korea warned on Monday of tighter novel coronavirus restrictions as new outbreaks appeared, including one linked to a church where more...

Korea’s elite contact tracers show the world how to beat COVID-19

IN May, when a coronavirus outbreak hit nightclubs in the South Korean capital of Seoul, health officials quickly unleashed their version of the Navy Seals — elite teams of epidemiologists, database specialists and laboratory technicians.

Undiagnosed virus infections could be 27 times higher in South Korea’s...

SEOUL — A small South Korean survey of people with no history of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but living in a city with the most cases, showed that roughly one in 13 had antibodies to the novel coronavirus, indicating the virus may have spread more widely than thought.

Gambling addiction spikes among South Korea’s work-from-home day traders

Day traders seeking help for gambling addiction have tripled in number in South Korea, as COVID-19 social distancing and working-from-home has freed up more...

Did events like protests and bar reopenings lead to spikes in...

Over the past 3 months, millions of people have taken to the streets to protest against racism, while bars and restaurants have reopened around...

A taste of democracy: South Korea’s 16-year fight for a green...

SEOUL — It is being hailed as a major win for democracy in South Korea. After 16 years in exile, a president this week triumphantly returned to claim his rightful place — on the front of a box of green onion-flavored cereal.

South Korea donates rice to PHL

THE South Korean government recently donated 950 metric tons (MT) of rice to the Philippines for distribution to those affected by natural disasters and...

South Korea eyes measures to ease dollar funding squeeze

SEOUL — South Korea will announce measures on Wednesday to ease dollar funding shortages in its local market, two government officials familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Manila eases Korea ban, vows not to restrict travel

THE Philippines has partially lifted its travel ban on South Korea and won’t restrict travel to other countries amid a novel coronavirus outbreak, according to the presidential palace.

Travelers from virus-stricken Korean region banned

THE Philippines on Wednesday barred travelers from South Korea’s coronavirus-stricken North Gyeongsang province as it tries to contain the outbreak.

Manila may impose travel ban on South Korea

THE Philippines is considering a travel ban on South Korea, where more than 800 people have been infected with the deadly novel coronavirus, a Cabinet official said on Monday.

Philippine eyes arms deal with South Korea

THE Philippine government might continue discussions on the procurement of military ships and weapons during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s second visit to South Korea next week, Foreign Affairs department said on Friday.

South Korean pub takes down North Korean trappings after complaints

SEOUL — The owner of a North Korea-themed pub being renovated in South Korea took down a North Korean flag and portraits of the isolated country’s late leaders on Monday after complaints from neighbors who feared he was violating a Cold War-era law.

Won extends fall to near one-week low

THE South Korean won eased to a near one-week low on Monday, while China’s yuan took a breather from having racked up its biggest weekly drop in over a year last week on the increasing likelihood of a long-drawn Sino-US trade war.

Korean government vows to take back trash

THE SOUTH Korean government has assured that it is taking measures to bring back to their country the garbage-filled containers that entered the Mindanao Container Terminal in Misamis Oriental on July 21 and just recently reported.

Kim wants to denuclearize during Trump’s term, South Korea says

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signaled a willingness to revive stalled nuclear talks, with South Korean officials saying he wanted to “achieve denuclearization”...

Burned by China default, yield-hungry Korean funds shift sights towards Qatar

SOUTH KOREA’S yield-hungry investors who were spooked by a Chinese default are shifting their sights to the other end of the continent, to the Middle East.