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South Korea scrambles to contain outbreak from nightclub cluster linked to one man

South Korea scrambles to contain outbreak from nightclub cluster linked to one man

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South Korean officials are scrambling to contain a new outbreak of coronavirus after a cluster of more than 100 cases was linked one man who visited several nightclubs in Seoul.Bars and discos across South Korea's capital have now been closed, after the sudden outbreak raised fears of a second wave of COVID-19 in a city that has been seen as a model for how to contain the disease. Mayor Park Won-soon announced on Tuesday that 101 people had tested positive for coronavirus since the latest outbreak was identified last week, with most of the first batch of those linked to one 29-year-old man. Image: More than 10,000 people have been tested in relation to the new outbreak The man visited three nightclubs in Seoul's Itaewon district last ...

South Korea: Kim did not have surgery amid lingering rumors

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South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not undergo surgery or any other medical procedure, amid speculation about his health that continues to linger even after he reappeared publicly in recent daysBy HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated PressMay 3, 2020, 10:06 AM3 min read3 min readSEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not undergo surgery or any other medical procedure, a South Korean official said Sunday, amid speculation about his health that continues to linger even after he reappeared publicly in recent days. North Korea had said Saturday that Kim attended the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang on Friday, in his first public appearance in about 20 days. While Kim’s reemergence, captured on video footage released by North Korean state media, quelle
South Africans walk outside as country eases virus lockdown

South Africans walk outside as country eases virus lockdown

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A festive atmosphere has enlivened South Africa’s streets as the country marks the Workers’ Day public holiday and also has begun easing its strict lockdown conditionsBy MOGOMOTSI MAGOME Associated PressMay 1, 2020, 10:13 AM4 min read4 min readJOHANNESBURG -- A festive atmosphere has enlivened South Africa’s streets as the country marks the Workers' Day public holiday and also has begun easing its strict lockdown conditions. From Johannesburg to Cape Town and other areas across the country thousands of people, most with mandated face masks and keeping some distance, promenaded outside. For the first time in five weeks, people were permitted to leave their homes for exercise between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. The regulations impose a night curfew prohibiting movement of most residents from 8 p.m. u
Ruling party sweeps to landslide victory in South Korean elections

Ruling party sweeps to landslide victory in South Korean elections

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SEOUL, April 16 (UPI) -- South Korea's ruling Democratic Party won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections held on Wednesday, a result which reflects the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and leaves it poised to implement its agenda moving forward. The liberal Democratic Party, along with its affiliated Platform Party, is estimated to have won 180 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, South Korea's legislative body, according to the National Election Commission. The victory marks the largest number of seats any party has won since direct elections were first held in 1987. The main opposition United Future Party and its affiliated party are estimated to have picked up 103 seats. President Moon Jae-in said that he felt a "heavy responsibility" from the election resul...
South Koreans vote in national election amid virus fears

South Koreans vote in national election amid virus fears

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SEOUL, South Korea -- In a surprisingly high turnout, millions of South Korean voters wore masks and moved slowly between lines of tape at polling stations on Wednesday to elect lawmakers in the shadows of the spreading coronavirus. The government resisted calls to postpone the parliamentary elections billed as a midterm referendum on President Moon Jae-in, who enters the final two years of his single five-year term grappling with a historic public health crisis that is unleashing massive economic shock. While South Korea’s electorate is deeply divided along ideological and generational lines and regional loyalties, recent surveys showed growing support for Moon and his liberal party, reflecting the public's approval of an aggressive test-and-quarantine program so far credited for lower