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35 million South Koreans to benefit from ‘disaster relief money’ for households

35 million South Koreans to benefit from ‘disaster relief money’ for households

SEOUL: The South Korean government will grant “emergency disaster relief money” to a majority of the country’s households in a one-off stimulus program to help with the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, President Moon Jae-in said Monday. He also unveiled a plan to seek another supplementary budget during a third session of the emergency […]

Kuwait academics warn against spreading coronavirus rumors

Kuwait academics warn against spreading coronavirus rumors

KUWAIT: Posting and circulating rumors and fake news in the time of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak could have detrimental impacts on people’s morale and state’s ability to tackle and overcome the serious health challenge, Kuwaiti academics have warned. “Rumors harm society and spark panic and fear among its members,” Professor of Sociology at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung: We will be providing basic income to all citizens promptly

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung: We will be providing basic income to all citizens promptly

  By Sang-ki Lee Founder of AJA and CEO of Asia N Suwon: South Korea’s Gyeonggi Provincial Government has announced that they will be providing disaster subsidy of about $81 (about 100,000won) per person and $324(400,000won) per household of four people. The “Gyeonggi Province disaster subsidy”, officially announced by the government on March 24, offers […]

Only a surge in COVID-19 cases may change Singapore move for elections

Only a surge in COVID-19 cases may change Singapore move for elections

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President Contributor to AsiaN Singapore Singapore: Many Singaporeans would agree that the prevalent Corvid-19 pandemic is an inconvenient time, for all intents and purpose, to hold a general election. However, the long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) strategists apparently have their own ideas. The government recently unveiled its report on […]

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 […]

Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia enjoys reading, cooking during self-isolation

Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia enjoys reading, cooking during self-isolation

By Habib Toumi Riyadh: China’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chen Wei Qing has given an outstanding example of the meaning of self-isolation at home to help in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Ambassador Chen Wei Qing posted a tweet saying he was staying at home in response to an invitation by Saudi Arabia’s […]

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