SEOUL, Aug 25: South Korea on Tuesday ordered most schools in Seoul and surrounding areas to close and move classes back online, the latest in a series of precautionary measures aimed at heading off a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

SEOUL, Aug 24: 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 centred in the densely populated metropolitan area.

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 24: South Korea counted its 11th straight day of triple-digit daily jumps in coronavirus cases Monday after social distancing restrictions were tightened nationwide.

SEOUL, Aug 23: 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.

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug 17: A conservative South Korean pastor who has been a bitter critic of the country’s president has tested positive for the coronavirus, health authorities said Monday, two days after he participated in an anti-government protest in Seoul that drew thousands.

SEOUL, Aug 8: At least 21 people have died after 46 days of heavy rains in South Korea, with the country’s longest monsoon in seven years causing more flooding, landslides and evacuations on Saturday.

SEOUL, Aug 4: Days of heavy rain caused floods in South Korea that have forced more than 1,000 people from their homes, killing at least 13 with another 13 missing, authorities said on Tuesday.

SEOUL, July 8: Three hundred drones took to the evening sky over the Han River in South Korea to dispense coronavirus prevention advice through a synchronised light display featuring images of hand-washing and social distancing.

KATHMANDU, June 29: More than 100 dead bodies of Nepali migrant workers have been stuck abroad as the government has failed to bring them home at the earliest. At the same time, the government’s decision of providing Rs 50,000 to the family of dead ones if they opt to cremate the dead bodies in the foreign land has turned to be quite ineffective.

SEOUL, June 20: North Korea is gearing up to send propaganda leaflets over its southern border, denouncing North Korean defectors and South Korea, its state media said on Saturday, the latest retaliation for leaflets from the South as bilateral tensions rise.

KATHMANDU,  June 17: South Korean government has provided some 40,000 complete sets of RT-PCR test kits to Nepal to help conduct mass testing of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

KATHMANDU, June 11: Park Chong-suk has been appointed new South Korean ambassador to Nepal.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, June 9:  North Korea said Tuesday it will cut off all communication channels with South Korea as it escalates its pressure on the South for failing to stop activists from floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across their tense border.

SEOUL, May 1: The coronavirus crisis sent South Korean exports plunging in April at their sharpest pace since the global financial crisis, signalling a bleak outlook for international trade as the pandemic paralyses the world economy and shatters demand.

SEOUL, April 29: A fire at a construction site in South Korea killed at least 38 people and injured another 10 on Wednesday, fire authorities said.

SEOUL, April 27: South Korean officials are calling for caution amid reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be ill or is being isolated because of coronavirus concerns, emphasising that they have detected no unusual movements in North Korea.

SEOUL, April 23: A province government of South Korea has decided to provide relief that it had been giving to its citizens to the foreign nationals as well after they started feeling the pang of the coronavirus pandemic in their daily living.

SEOUL, South Korea, April 21: The South Korean government on Tuesday was looking into U.S. media reports saying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was in fragile condition after surgery.

SEOUL, South Korea, April 16: South Korea’s ruling liberal party secured a resounding victory in parliamentary elections that had the highest turnout in nearly three decades, despite the coronavirus forcing social distancing at polling places.

SEOUL, April 14: The government of South Korea has decided to extend the visa term of Nepali workers employed here on the employment promotion system (EPS) by 50 days.

SEOUL, April 10: South Korean officials on Friday reported 91 patients thought cleared of the new coronavirus had tested positive again.

SEOUL, April 10: The South Korean government is to again extend the visa term of foreign citizens by three months.

SEOUL, March 27: Non- Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) South Korea chapter has collected Rs 11.5 million from Nepali migrant workers there to provide the Government of Nepal with essential medical equipment and supplies.

SEOUL, March 27: South Korea reported 146 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number in a week, its disease control agency said on Saturday, with the country suffering a rise in imported cases from Europe and the United States during recent days.

SEOUL, March 19: In late January, South Korean health officials summoned representatives from more than 20 medical companies from their lunar New Year celebrations to a conference room tucked inside Seoul’s busy train station.

SEOUL, South Korea, March 18: The number of foreign nationals infected with COVID-19 has crossed 60, according to information provided by the Korean government.

All Eyes on South Korea

March 18, 2020 09:49 am

LONDON – South Korea is all the rage these days. Earlier last month, Parasite, from the South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Having read the reviews and seen the film a few days earlier, I was not surprised. Still, for the uninitiated, it is worth noting that this was the first time that a foreign-language film took home the top Oscar. Now, many around the world are eagerly searching for more examples of South Korean coolness—from K-pop to cutting-edge fashion designers.

SEOUL, March 14: South Korea reported more recoveries from the coronavirus than new infections on Saturday for the second day in a row, as a downward trend in daily cases raised hopes that Asia’s biggest epidemic outside China may be slowing.

Japan’s travel restrictions on South Koreans over the coronavirus epidemic have spurred cancellations of a string of K-pop concerts scheduled in Japan, threatening to hurt the Korean entertainment industry in its most lucrative market.

SEOUL, March 7: South Korea’s coronavirus cases rose to 6,767 on Saturday, up by 174 from late Friday, with more than 60% of the total cases linked to a secretive church at the center of the country’s outbreak, health authorities said.

SEOUL, March 5: South Korea declared a “special care zone” on Thursday around a second city hit hard by the coronavirus and the U.S. military confirmed two new cases among relatives of its troops in the country, as it battles the biggest epidemic outside China.

KATHMANDU, March 3: Amidst fear of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Nepal, the government is taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus from travelers.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 2: Virus cases in South Korea surged and millions of children in Japan stayed home from school Monday as officials struggled to contain the epidemic in more than 60 countries, including the United States, where two people have died and signs of a bigger outbreak loomed.

BENGALURU, March 1: India reported two more cases of coronavirus on Monday, taking the number of people who have tested positive in the country to five.

SEOUL, March 2: South Korea reported on Monday 476 new coronavirus cases, taking its national tally to 4,212, as the government of Seoul sought a murder investigation into a controversial church at the centre of the country’s outbreak.

SEOUL, March 1: Churches were closed in South Korea on Sunday, with many holding online services instead, as authorities fought to rein in public gatherings as 586 new coronavirus infections took the tally to 3,736 cases.

SEOUL, Feb 29: South Korea urged citizens on Saturday to stay indoors as it warned of a “critical moment” in its battle on the coronavirus after recording the biggest daily jump in infections, as 813 new cases took the tally to 3,150.

GENEVA/BEIJING, Feb 28:  Countries on three continents reported their first cases of the coronavirus on Friday as the world prepared for a pandemic and investors dumped equities in expectation of a global recession.

HETAUDA, Feb 28: Chief Minister of Bagmati Province Dormani Poudel has appealed to all Nepalis to stay cautious and safe against coronavirus that started from China and is gradually spreading other countries. The province government is adopting preparedness against the infection, said Poudel in a message today. He, in the message, expressed sorrow over human loss and economic effects caused in neighboring China by the virus.

South Korean boy band BTS canceled its scheduled April concert in Seoul, amid growing concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak, its music label, Big Hit Entertainment, said on Friday.

BEIJING, Feb 27: As the worst-hit areas of Asia continued to struggle with a viral epidemic, with hundreds more cases reported Thursday in South Korea and China, worries about infection and containment spread across the globe.

SEOUL/BEIJING, Feb 25: South Korea aims to test more than 200,000 members of a church at the center of a surge in coronavirus cases while the United States pledged $2.5 billion to fight the disease, as it spreads rapidly beyond China’s borders to Europe and the Middle East.

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 80,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.

BEIJING, China and South Korea on Tuesday reported more cases of a new viral illness that has been concentrated in North Asia but is creating worrisome, increasing clusters in the Middle East and Europe.

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: President of Nepali Congress, the main opposition party, Sher Bhadur Deuba has urged Nepali organizations in South Korea including Public Relations Committee to cooperate and collaborate with Nepali in South Korea against a viral outbreak of coronavirus.

DUBAI, UAE, Feb 24: A staggering 50 people have died in the Iranian city of Qom from the new coronavirus this month, Iran’s semiofficial ILNA news agency reported on Monday.

SEOUL, Feb 24: South Korea reported 231 new cases of a coronavirus, taking total infections to 833, health authorities said on Monday, a day after raising its infectious disease alert to the highest level.

SEOUL, Feb 24: South Korea reported another large jump in new virus cases Monday a day after the the president called for “unprecedented, powerful” steps to combat the outbreak that is increasingly confounding attempts to stop the spread.

Nepalis in Korea worried

February 24, 2020 09:26 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: With COVID-19 cases sharply rising in South Korea, Nepali citizens residing in the east Asian nation are worried. At least six persons have already died from the virus in South Korea and over 600 are infected.

SEOUL, Feb 23: South Korea raised its infectious disease alert level to its highest for the first time since 2009 on Sunday as confirmed coronavirus cases jumped to 602 and the death toll rose to five.