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South Korean protests fan COVID-19 fears
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Hyonhee Shin | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea called on unionists to cancel protests on Wednesday as the country grapples with a third wave of coronavirus infections, warning any violations of social distancing measures will be punished. FILE PHOTO: A woman looks at her mobile phone next to an exit of a subway station amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at a shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, November 24, 2020. “There are still high risks of infections during meetings and movements before and after the protests,” health ministry spokesman Son Young-rae told a briefing. Union members are protesting over provisions of a bill which would ban labourers from occupying certain facilities at workplaces during strikes. The rallies have revived memories of a major COVID-19 outbreak following a political protest in August.
Persons: Kim Hong, Ji, Son Young, rae, , Chung Sye, kyun Organizations: REUTERS, Korean, of Trade Unions, , Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency Locations: SEOUL, South Korea, Seoul, Changwon, , Korea, Union, COVID
Asia’s fourth-largest economy returned to growth in the third quarter, reversing its sharpest contraction in more than a decade, as the government pushed through stimulus measures, and major trading partners eased virus curbs. But the revival of financial asset prices has shown little spillover into the real economy, as owners of small businesses and street shops shut down in the face of the new restrictions. CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT AIDThe usual bustling activity and long queues in many of Seoul’s shopping streets and nightlife areas was missing on Monday evening. “I hope the government will provide practical measures to help us, because constantly suspending night operations virtually means no business,” she added. Young people voiced frustration and disappointment at the latest rules, but many supported stronger action.
Persons: I’ve, , Jung Gong, Kim, Jung, Young, Shin Jong Organizations: Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency Locations: SEOUL, Seoul, Itaewon, Korea
South Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSSouth Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe. Share this -Creating a Covid-19 vaccine is only the first step. The cases are the country’s largest active cluster and its second largest since the start of the pandemic. Spain, one of the epicenters of the early outbreak in Europe, has registered more than 1.58 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, western Europe’s second highest tally after France, and 43,131 deaths.
Persons: Korea toughens, Ed Jones, Jeong Eun Kyeong, Yoshihide, Yasutoshi Nishimura, David Salisbury, Stefan Lofven's, Lim Huey Teng, Noor Hisham Abdullah, King Felipe, Andres Ballesteros, King Felipe VI, Letizia Organizations: Getty, Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Japan, NBC, quarantines, Reuters, Covid, Royal, France Locations: Korea, Yeonnam, Seoul, AFP, U.S, Europe, Japan, TOKYO, COVID, Sapporo, Hokkaido, British, England, Germany, Swedish, STOCKHOLM, Covid, Sweden, Spain, Malaysia, Klang , Malaysia, Reuters Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, North America, Oviedo
EU secures 160 million Moderna shots
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Ohio broke its single-day Covid-19 case record of 8,808 set Friday, reporting 11,885 cases Monday. Share this -South Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. Ed Jones / AFP - Getty Images The South Korean government moved to implement tougher social distancing measures amid a burgeoning third wave of coronavirus infections on Tuesday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe. Nursing homes were ravaged by the initial wave of the coronavirus, prompting Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's somber admission in May that the country failed to protect its elderly.
Persons: South Korea toughens, Ed Jones, Jeong Eun Kyeong, Yoshihide, Yasutoshi Nishimura, David Salisbury, Stefan Lofven's Organizations: Ohio, NBC, Getty, Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Japan, quarantines Locations: South Korea, Yeonnam, Seoul, AFP, Korea, U.S, Europe, Japan, TOKYO, COVID, Sapporo, Hokkaido, British, England, Germany, Swedish, STOCKHOLM, Covid, Sweden, Spain
Ohio shatters its single-day case record, U.S. counts its 20th day of 100,000-plus cases Ohio broke its single-day Covid-19 case record of 8,808 set Friday, reporting 11,885 cases Monday. The country's daily case average for the last week has been 171,820 cases per day, more than double the 84,718 per-day average four weeks ago. Other states setting single-day records Monday: Connecticut with a record 5,271 coronavirus cases*Kansas with 7,526 cases*Rhode Island with 2,572 cases*Virginia with 3,242 casesWyoming with 1,262 cases and 26 dead * These states didn't record cases over the weekend. Share this -South Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe.
Persons: South Korea toughens, Ed Jones, Jeong Eun Kyeong, Yoshihide, Yasutoshi Nishimura, David Salisbury, Stefan Lofven's, Lim Huey Teng, Noor Hisham Abdullah Organizations: Ohio, NBC, Getty, Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Japan, quarantines, Reuters, Covid Locations: Connecticut, Kansas, Rhode, Virginia, Wyoming, South Korea, Yeonnam, Seoul, AFP, Korea, U.S, Europe, Japan, TOKYO, COVID, Sapporo, Hokkaido, British, England, Germany, Swedish, STOCKHOLM, Covid, Sweden, Spain, Malaysia, Klang , Malaysia, Reuters Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, North America
Danish zoo puts Santa inside snow globe to keep him Covid-safe
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSSouth Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe. "It's going to be an extraordinary logistic challenge," David Salisbury, the British government's former director of immunization, told NBC News. The cases are the country’s largest active cluster and its second largest since the start of the pandemic. Spain, one of the epicenters of the early outbreak in Europe, has registered more than 1.58 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, western Europe’s second highest tally after France, and 43,131 deaths.
Persons: Korea toughens, Ed Jones, Jeong Eun Kyeong, Yoshihide, Yasutoshi Nishimura, David Salisbury, Stefan Lofven's, Lim Huey Teng, Noor Hisham Abdullah, King Felipe, Andres Ballesteros, King Felipe VI, Letizia Organizations: Getty, Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Japan, NBC, quarantines, Reuters, Covid, Royal, France Locations: Korea, Yeonnam, Seoul, AFP, U.S, Europe, Japan, TOKYO, COVID, Sapporo, Hokkaido, British, England, Germany, Swedish, STOCKHOLM, Covid, Sweden, Spain, Malaysia, Klang , Malaysia, Reuters Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, North America, Oviedo
Calif. Gov. Newsom apologizes for breaking own Covid guidance
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Ohio broke its single-day Covid-19 case record of 8,808 set Friday, reporting 11,885 cases Monday. The country's daily case average for the last week has been 171,820 cases per day, more than double the 84,718 per-day average four weeks ago. Share this -South Korea toughens Covid-19 restrictions as cases continue to surge Diners sit in a restaurant in the Yeonnam district of Seoul on Sunday. Ed Jones / AFP - Getty Images The South Korean government moved to implement tougher social distancing measures amid a burgeoning third wave of coronavirus infections on Tuesday. The country has reported 31,353 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 510 deaths — far fewer than in the U.S. or Europe.
Persons: South Korea toughens, Ed Jones, Jeong Eun Kyeong, Yoshihide, Yasutoshi Nishimura, David Salisbury Organizations: Ohio, NBC, Getty, Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Japan, quarantines Locations: South Korea, Yeonnam, Seoul, AFP, Korea, U.S, Europe, Japan, TOKYO, COVID, Sapporo, Hokkaido, British, England, Germany
South Korea reports more than 300 new coronavirus cases for fifth straight day
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Josh Smith | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians wearing masks walk with umbrellas as it rains amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in central Seoul, South Korea, November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Heo RanSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day on Sunday, as officials warned that stricter rules could be imposed if the trend continues to threaten the highly populated capital of Seoul and surrounding areas. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 330 new daily coronavirus cases as of midnight on Saturday, a drop from 386 reported the day before, a level not seen since August. South Korea has employed an aggressive tracing, testing, and quarantine effort to stamp down outbreaks without imposing lockdowns. But the country has been dogged by a persistent number of small infections, bringing the total number of cases to 30,733 with 505 deaths.
Persons: Ran, Chung Sye Organizations: REUTERS, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Ran SEOUL, Korea
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s capital city and nearby areas will close bars and nightclubs, limit religious gatherings, and restrict service at restaurants, in a bid to contain a burgeoning third wave of coronavirus infections, the health minister said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians wearing masks walk with umbrellas as it rains amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in central Seoul, South Korea, November 19, 2020. “The third wave of COVID-19 outbreaks is increasingly in full swing,” Health Minister Park Neung-hoo told a briefing. South Korea has employed an aggressive tracing, testing, and quarantine effort to stamp down outbreaks without imposing lockdowns. But the country has been dogged by a persistent number of small infections, bringing the total number of cases to 30,733 with 505 deaths.
Persons: Heo, hoo, Chung Sye, kyun, , ” Chung Organizations: REUTERS, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency, ” Health Locations: SEOUL, Seoul, South Korea, Korea
South Korea's COVID third wave may be largest if not curbed, says official
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Joyce Lee | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
A couple wearing masks stand at a street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Seoul, South Korea, November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Heo RanSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea grappled with a resurgence in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, as a senior official warned it could be the country’s largest wave of infections if the spread is not quickly contained. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 386 new daily coronavirus cases as of midnight on Friday, bringing total infections to 30,403, with 503 deaths. New cases topped 300 for the fourth day in a row, after Tuesday saw the highest since August. The Seoul metropolitan region recorded 262 new cases on Friday, up from 218 cases on Thursday.
Persons: Ran, , Lim Sook, Lim, Chung Sye Organizations: REUTERS, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Health Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Ran SEOUL, Korea
South Korea warns of return to tough COVID measures to fight third wave
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s prime minister on Friday pleaded with the public to avoid social gatherings and warned that tougher measures may be needed if a new wave of coronavirus infections is not quickly contained. A third wave of infections was under way with 363 new cases confirmed on Thursday, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said, the third consecutive day the tally has surpassed 300. South Korea has now reported a total of 30,017 cases and 501 deaths. “We believe a third wave of infections is now ongoing ... in the capital region,” health ministry official Yoon Tae-ho told a briefing. The capital region recorded 218 new cases on Thursday, its first daily tally over 200 since August.
Persons: Chung Sye, , Yoon Organizations: Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Health Locations: SEOUL, Korea
South Korea to tighten social distancing, warns of new COVID-19 crisis
  + stars: | 2020-11-16 | by ( Hyonhee Shin | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will impose stricter social distancing rules for the greater Seoul area a month after easing them, officials said on Tuesday, warning of an even bigger crisis if anti-COVID-19 efforts fail to dampen a spike in new cases. South Korea has been one of the world’s coronavirus mitigation success stories after tackling the first major COVID-19 epidemic outside China with aggressive tracing and testing, but continues to battle persistent rises in infections. “Our anti-coronavirus efforts are facing a crisis,” Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a meeting. Nearly 68% of the 202 domestic infections came from the greater Seoul area. Health authorities warned the daily tally could go as high as 400 in coming weeks, asking citizens to stick to strict hygiene rules and minimise year-end celebrations.
Persons: Chung Sye, kyun, , hoo Organizations: , Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Health, men’s national, team Locations: SEOUL, South Korea, Seoul, Korea, China, , Austria
South Korea reports 205 coronavirus cases, above 200 for first time since Sept
  + stars: | 2020-11-14 | by ( Heekyong Yang | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea reported 205 new coronavirus cases as of Friday midnight, rising above 200 for the first time since September, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Saturday. Women pose for photographs in front of maple leaves on a late autumn day amid the COVID-19 pandemic at a park in Seoul, South Korea, November 13, 2020. More than 65% of the locally transmitted cases were from Seoul and Gyeonggi province, a densely populated region near the capital. South Korea began fining people who fail to wear masks in public on Friday, when it reported 191 new coronavirus cases, with daily infections continuing to creep higher. Confirmed daily cases have averaged 122.4 this week, jumpingfrom 88.7 last week and 75.3 in the fourth week of October, according to the KDCA.
Persons: Kim Hong, Moon Jae, Moon, , Lim Sook, Yonhap Organizations: Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency, REUTERS, South Korea Locations: SEOUL, South Korea, Korea, Seoul, Gyeonggi, South, Korean
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