Daily infections over 4,000 for 2nd day; imported cases hit record high

SEOUL– South Korea said Thursday it will ban all entrants from using ordinary public transportation to try to stem the inflow of the omicron variant from overseas as the number…

Daily infections back above 4,000 in 6 days amid lingering omicron woes

SEOUL– South Korea’s daily coronavirus cases bounced back to above 4,000 for the first time in six days Wednesday, putting health authorities on high alert over a possible resurgence amid omicron concerns.The country added 4,388 new COVID-19 infection…

Accuser in Lee’s legal fee controversy found dead

SEOUL– A civic activist, who first raised allegations that ruling party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung paid legal fees by proxy in 2018, has been found dead at a motel in Seoul, police said Wednesday.The body of the 54-year-old, identified only …

U.N. Command to suspend Panmunjom tours again amid coronavirus concerns

SEOUL– Tours to the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom will be suspended starting next week due to spikes in COVID-19 infections, the U.N. Command (UNC) said Wednesday.The UNC will discontinue the tour program to the Joint Security Area in the De…

Seoul stocks jump 1.5 pct after Fed chief’s inflation comments

SEOUL– South Korean stocks closed sharply higher Wednesday, as the U.S. Fed chief’s comments about inflation were largely within market expectations. The Korean won rose against the U.S. dollar.The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) g…

Moon urges people to get booster shots amid omicron concerns

SEOUL– President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday called for more people to get their third COVID-19 vaccine shot as health authorities feared a further spread of the omicron variant.Moon voiced his concerns about the spread of the highly transmissible varian…

Vice FM tests positive for COVID-19

SEOUL– Second Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, leading to 16 Cabinet members taking virus tests and canceling their schedules as they attended the same Cabinet meeting with Choi the previous day.Choi atte…

S. Korea approves Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

SEOUL– South Korea’s drug safety agency on Wednesday authorized the use of U.S.-based biotechnology company Novavax Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine.The protein-based vaccine, Nuvaxovid, marks the fifth COVID-19 vaccine to get approval for use here, following …

Daily infections back above 4,000 in 6 days amid lingering omicron woes

SEOUL– South Korea’s daily coronavirus cases bounced back to above 4,000 for the first time in six days Wednesday, putting health authorities on high alert over a possible resurgence amid omicron concerns.The country added 4,388 new COVID-19 infection…

Facade of apartment building under construction collapses, injuring at least 1

GWANGJU– A facade of a high-rise apartment building under construction in the southwestern city of Gwangju collapsed Tuesday, injuring at least one person and burying about 10 vehicles under the…