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South Korea starts vaccination for 55-59 age group as Covid-19 caseloads remain high

South Korea starts vaccination for 55-59 age group as Covid-19 caseloads remain high

SEOUL: South Korea kicked off Covid-19 vaccinations for people aged 55-59 on Monday to speed up the pace of its inoculation campaign, as the country battles the fourth wave of infections. The rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations for people in their upper 50s had sputtered to a week-long halt this month after a record high number of new cases sparked a rush for shots, exhausting available supplies and crashing an official reservation website.. About 6.17 million people, or 84% of those in their 50s, have signed up for vaccinations last week, and authorities switched to Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine from Moderna shot…
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South Korea has new daily high for 2nd day in a row

South Korea has new daily high for 2nd day in a row

SEOUL: South Korea is reporting 1,842 newly confirmed coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours — setting a new pandemic single-day record for the second straight day. The cases announced Thursday raised the country's total caseload to 184,103, with 2,063 deaths from Covid-19. The new cases include 270 sailors who were recently flown home after a large-scale outbreak on their destroyer engaging in an anti-piracy mission off East Africa. South Korea has seen a spike in infections in recent weeks amid a slow vaccination campaign, lax public vigilance and the spread of more contagious delta variant. The country's daily caseload…
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Korea PM apologises for virus surge on destroyer

Korea PM apologises for virus surge on destroyer

SEOUL: South Korea's prime minister has offered a public apology over a large-scale coronavirus outbreak on a destroyer on an anti-piracy mission off East Africa. Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Tuesday the government is “very sorry for failing to carefully take care of the health of our soldiers who are devoting themselves to the country.” The Defense Ministry says 247 of the destroyer's 301 crew members have been infected. It's the largest cluster for South Korea's military since the pandemic began. South Korea sent two military planes to bring back all 301 sailors. On Tuesday, South Korea reported 1,278 new…
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North Korea rejected AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine over side effects: Report

North Korea rejected AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine over side effects: Report

SEOUL: SEOUL: North Korea has rejected planned shipments of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine that were being organised under the global COVAX distribution scheme due to concerns over side effects, a South Korean think thank said on Friday. COVAX has said it would provide nearly 2 million doses of AstraZeneca's shots to North Korea. The first batch had been expected in late May but was delayed amid protracted consultations, South Korea said last month. North Korea has not reported any Covid-19 cases, a position questioned by South Korean and US officials. The reclusive country has, however, imposed strict anti-virus measures, including border…
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Seoul spy agency: No sign North Korean leader has been vaccinated

Seoul spy agency: No sign North Korean leader has been vaccinated

SEOUL: There is no sign that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been inoculated against the coronavirus and his country hasn't received any foreign vaccines, South Korea's spy agency said Thursday. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers in a closed-door briefing that it hasn't detected any information that North Korea has acquired vaccines, according to Ha Tae-keung, one of the legislators who attended the session. He quoted the NIS as saying there were no signs that Kim has been inoculated. Covax, the UN-backed program to ship Covid-19 vaccines worldwide, said in February that North Korea could receive 1.9…
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South Korea has biggest 1-day case jump of pandemic

South Korea has biggest 1-day case jump of pandemic

SEOUL: South Korea has reported its biggest daily jump in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic as long lines snake around testing stations in the capital, where the virus has accelerated following months of complacency. The 1,275 new cases announced on Thursday marked the second straight day above 1,200 and exceeded the previous one-day record of 1,240 set Christmas Day. More than 1,000 of the infections were in the greater Seoul area, which is home to half the country's 51 million people. The viral surge is a worrisome development in a country where 70% of the people are…
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‘Great crisis’: Kim berates North Korean officials for ‘crucial’ virus lapse

‘Great crisis’: Kim berates North Korean officials for ‘crucial’ virus lapse

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has berated top officials for failures in coronavirus prevention that caused a "great crisis", using strong language that raised the specter of a mass outbreak in a country that would be scarcely able to handle it. The state media report on Wednesday did not specify what "crucial" lapse had prompted Kim to call the politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party, but experts said the North could be wrestling with a significant setback in its pandemic fight. So far, North Korea has claimed to have had no coronavirus infections, despite testing thousands of…
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Former South Korean mayor jailed for sexual harassment

Former South Korean mayor jailed for sexual harassment

SEOUL: The former mayor of South Korea's second-largest city was jailed for three years on Tuesday for sexually harassing two female staffers, the latest such high-profile conviction in a still patriarchal society. Oh Keo-don stepped down as mayor of southern port Busan -- a city of 3.5 million that hosts Asia's biggest film festival -- last year following allegations he acted inappropriately towards subordinates. Three months later, Seoul mayor Park Won-soon was found dead of an apparent suicide after a woman staffer accused him of sexual harassment. Both men are from President Moon Jae-in's Democratic Party, which suffered crushing defeats…
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