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South Koreans turn to social media challenges to beat coronavirus blues

South Koreans turn to social media challenges to beat coronavirus blues

SEOUL: When YouTuber Ddulgi uploaded a four-minute video on making dalgona coffee on the global video-sharing platform in mid-February, she did not expect it to turn into a mega-hit garnering over 3 million views in less than a month. Amid “social distancing” measures due to COVID-19, more South Koreans are turning to social media challenges […]

Popular Seoul park to close on virus fears

Popular Seoul park to close on virus fears

SEOUL: A park in southeastern Seoul, famous for its picturesque cherry blossom trees, will close until mid-April as part of precautionary measures to contain the new coronavirus. Seokchon Lake Park in Songpa Ward will close from Saturday to April 12, according to a Facebook post written by ward chief Park Sung-soo. The ward will open […]

Malaysia announces $57.78 billion stimulus package to deal with coronavirus fallout

Malaysia announces $57.78 billion stimulus package to deal with coronavirus fallout

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s government will channel RM25 million to the vulnerable groups through the RM250 billion ($57.78 billion) economic stimulus package announced on Friday by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. The funds are to be channelled towards supporting people and businesses most adversely impacted by the economic disruption from the Covid-19 outbreak and the prime minister said […]

South Korea again urges social distancing, strict self-isolation amid steady rise in virus cases

South Korea again urges social distancing, strict self-isolation amid steady rise in virus cases

SEOUL: South Korea once again urged people to stay home, avoid mass gatherings over the weekend and comply with self-isolation rules if they returned from abroad, as COVID-19 clusters continued to emerge amid a rise in imported coronavirus cases. The 91 new cases, which were detected Thursday and down from 104 new cases Wednesday, marked […]

97-year-old woman fully recovers from new coronavirus

97-year-old woman fully recovers from new coronavirus

Seoul: A 97-year-old South Korean woman infected with the novel coronavirus has fully recovered and been released from quarantine, making her the country’s oldest fully recovered virus patient, officials said Thursday. The patient, from the southeastern city of Cheongdo, returned home after fully recovering from COVID-19. The city is adjacent to Daegu, an epicenter of […]

Malaysia’s King, Queen in self-quarantine after seven staff tested positive for COVID-19

Malaysia’s King, Queen in self-quarantine after seven staff tested positive for COVID-19

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al Mustafa Billah Shah and Queen Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah are observing a 14-day self-quarantine after seven of Istana Negara staff were tested positive for COVID-19. Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, in a statement, said Their Majesties had also undergone the COVID-19 […]

South Korea: New virus cases on downtrend, but imported infections accelerate

South Korea: New virus cases on downtrend, but imported infections accelerate

Seoul: South Korea’s new virus cases appeared to be steadily decreasing Tuesday, but imported infections saw their biggest one-day increase as the nation enforced quarantines on arrivals from Europe and other regions. The 76 new cases, which were detected Monday and were slightly up from the 64 new cases a day earlier, brought the nation’s […]

South Korea to take legal actions against churches violating coronavirus guidelines

South Korea to take legal actions against churches violating coronavirus guidelines

SEOUL: South Korea will take legal action against some Protestant churches for violating the government’s guidelines for preventing the massive spread of the new coronavirus, the prime minister said Monday. As part of the government’s drive for stricter social distancing, health authorities advised churches to follow quarantine measures, including keeping the distance between followers at least […]

Drive-thrus booming in Korean society amid virus scare

Drive-thrus booming in Korean society amid virus scare

Seoul: Drive-thrus are spreading across many sectors of South Korean society lately, following the success of the nation’s drive-thru coronavirus testing centers that have been praised by foreign media for their safety, efficiency and speed. Schools and pubic libraries have adopted the method in the distribution of books, while restaurants and retailers are allowing their […]

China to continue sharing experience, medical resources in COVID-19 fight: FM

China to continue sharing experience, medical resources in COVID-19 fight: FM

  By Wu Gang People’s Daily Beijing: China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has announced the country’s effort to contribute to the global response of COVID-19 in five areas. During a regular press conference, MFA spokesperson Geng Shuang was asked that what will China do to help enhancing international epidemic response. The spokesperson replied that thanks […]

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