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

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

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 still requires restaurants and cafes to restrict seating and […]

South Korea imposes new restrictions after virus cases spike again

South Korea imposes new restrictions after virus cases spike again

South Korean health authorities on Saturday reported new coronavirus cases in the triple digits for the second day in a row, as the country continues to see an uptick in local infections, prompting the government to impose new restrictions. Of the 166 new daily cases recorded, 155 were locally transmitted, according to data from the […]

South Korea records most new virus cases since March, mostly imported

South Korea records most new virus cases since March, mostly imported

South Korean health authorities on Saturday reported 113 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily increase since late March, mainly due to imported cases. The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that 86 of the new cases were imported and included 36 workers returning from Iraq and 32 Russian sailors. The 113 new […]

Seoul mayor’s funeral held despite #MeToo objections

Seoul mayor’s funeral held despite #MeToo objections

The funeral service for Seoul mayor Park Won-soon, who took his own life after being accused of sexual harassment, was held Monday despite a petition against the city-run ceremony signed by half a million people. Former human rights lawyer Park was a heavyweight figure in the ruling Democratic party and ran South Korea’s sprawling capital […]

South Korea’s ex-President Park sentence reduced to 22 years

South Korea’s ex-President Park sentence reduced to 22 years

Former South Korean President Park Geun Hye’s sentences for corruption and bribery have been reduced by 10 years, taking her total sentence to 22 years in jail, a court in Seoul decided on Friday. Park had been indicted for corruption and abuse of power, as well as bribery in a separate case, following a scandal […]