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Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Paraguay will use a coronavirus test kit developed by a South Korean military lab, South Korea’s Armed Forces Medical Command said Wednesday. The command’s medical research lab came up with the technology called as the Face Infection Control System in May, and a local firm has commercialized it. The kit is faster and cheaper in screening the coronavirus than th...
President Moon Jae-in had phone talks with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday mainly as part of efforts to broaden international support for South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee's candidacy to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO). In the conversation that lasted around 25 minutes, Moon and Trudeau exchanged opinions on issues of mutual concern, which include the WTO chief race, cooperation in ...
Credit card loans in South Korea soared more than 34 percent in September as cash-strapped people scrambled to borrow from card firms amid a protracted coronavirus outbreak, industry data showed Tuesday. New loans extended by seven credit card firms -- Shinhan, KB Kookmin, Woori, Hana, Samsung, Hyundai and Lotte -- reached 4.2 trillion won ($3.7 billion) last month, up 34.3 percent from a year earlier. September re...
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Authorities in Sri Lanka on Saturday closed at least two fishery harbors and many stalls after a surge of 609 cases linked to the country's main fish market. The government also widened the curfew in parts of Colombo, the capital. At least 11 villages were isolated in densely populated Western province, which includes Colombo. Health authorities on Wednesday temporarily closed the fish market on Colombo's outskirts after 49 traders tested positive for the coronavirus. By Saturday, the number of cases went up to 609. Hundreds of traders and fishermen are being tested. Authorities say the outbreak is related to a cluster in a garment factory early this month, which has grown to 3,426 cases, almost half the country's total of 6,287. It broke a two-month lull in infections. Several thousand people have been asked to quarantine at home. Schools and key public offices are closed, gatherings banned and restrictions imposed on public transport. Sri Lanka has had 14 deaths from the coronavirus. In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region: - All staff and students from two schools in northeast Melbourne have been told to immediately get tested for COVID-19 after the emergence of seven new cases on Saturday. There were no deaths. Both schools will be closed for the next two weeks. Already about 800 residents in Melbourne's northern suburbs have been isolating because of the school outbreak. Warnings have been circulated to workers, including taxi drivers, who might have visited the area. The state's death toll remained at 817 on Saturday and the national figure at 905, with only one death in the past week. The updated figures Saturday followed the city's most significant anti-lockdown protest on Friday. A "Freedom Day" rally began...
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. chief says it's "very frustrating" that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn't come together in March and establish a coordinated response to grapple with the coronavirus in all countries as he proposed. The result, he says, is every country is taking its own sometimes contradictory actions, and the virus is moving "from east to west, north to south," with second waves of infections now affecting many countries. Ahead of the Group of 20 summit next month, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with The Associated Press that he hopes the international community now understands "they need to be much more coordinated in fighting the virus." Guterres says the United Nations also will be "strongly advocating" during the G-20 summit for a guarantee that when a vaccine is available, "it becomes indeed available and affordable for everyone, everywhere." ___ HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: - France extends curfew to 38 regions because of coronavirus surge - African health officials expect WHO distribution of rapid virus tests - Oxford vaccine trial continues amid death report - Britain offering financial help for bars, pubs and restaurants struggling because of restrictions due to the coronavirus. - Czech Republic enters second lockdown to avoid health system collapse. New measures include closing stores, shopping malls and hotels. - Photographer in Dubai providing free photo shoots to laid-off expats forced to leave the skyscraper-studded Persian Gulf city because of the pandemic. ___ Follow all of AP's coronavirus pandemic coverage at. ..
Young South Korean workers have borne the brunt of the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak that first struck Asia's fourth-largest economy in late January, data showed Wednesday. The number of employed South Koreans began to dwindle in March in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 as the flu-like disease made a big dent in the economy. The first outbreak resulted in a tumble in the number of employed people in A...
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Some say the coronavirus has changed everything. But Kim Ran-do, a renowned scholar on fast-emerging trends in South Korea, said the change was already happening and the pandemic has only accelerated it. At The Korea Herald Biz Forum: “Contact less, connect more,” held Tuesday at The Shilla in Seoul, the professor of consumer studies at Seoul National University said the COVID-19 outbreak has changed the...
European markets were falling Monday as investors appeared increasingly uncertain about the outlook of the global economy due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases across Europe and the United States. Britain’s benchmark FTSE index was down 0.2% at the midway point of the trading day. The CAC-40 index in France lost 0.4%, and Germany’s DAX index plunged 2.2%. Markets in the Asia-Pacific rim ended mostly lower earlier Monday.
South Korea saw its sales of luxury imported cars rise sharply over the first nine months of the year despite the new coronavirus pandemic straining the economy, data showed Sunday. The combined sales of imported automobiles with a price tag of more than 100 million won ($88,600) surpassed 30,000 units over the January-September period, marking the first time that annual sales have surpassed the threshold, according...
Read more about South Korea coronavirus update: 77 cases tied to hospitals reported on Business-standard. South Korea has reported 77 new cases of the coronavirus, mostly from the greater capital area where officials are scrambling to stem transmissions at hospitals and nursing homes
South Korea saw a triple-digit increase in new daily COVID-19 case count on Thursday as the country battles an uptick in both locally transmitted and imported cases. Korea added 121 new coronavirus cases -- 104 locally transmitted and 17 imported from overseas -- in the 24 hours ending midnight on Wednesday, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. It marks the first time the number of locall...
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are drifting lower on Wall Street Tuesday as earnings reporting season gets underway for big companies. The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in morning trading, taking a pause after a leap for Big Tech stocks capped a four-day winning streak on Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 94 points, or 0.3%, at 28,743, as of 10:30 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was close to flat. The muted trading comes as many forces are pushing and pulling on markets simultaneously. Coronavirus counts are rising at a worrying degree in many countries around the world, and Johnson & Johnson said late Monday it had to temporarily pause a late-stage study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine "due to an unexplained illness in a study participant." Uncertainty about the prospects for more stimulus for the economy from Washington is also hanging over markets. Some measure of clarity is arriving as CEOs line up to report how their companies fared during the summer. Wall Street is expecting another sharp drop in profits for the third quarter, nearly 21% for S&P 500 earnings per share from a year earlier. But if that proves correct, it would not be as bad as the nearly 32% plunge for the spring, according to FactSet. Several companies kicked the season off on Tuesday with better-than-expected reports. JPMorgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, Citigroup and BlackRock all reported stronger results for the summer than analysts had forecast. Their stocks, though, were mixed following the releases. BlackRock rose 3.3%, while JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup gave up initial gains. Johnson & Johnson fell 1.8%. Delta Air Lines reported a worse loss than Wall Street had forecast, as the pandemic keeps many fliers grounded, and its shares fell 1.3%. Other...
South Korea’s health authorities on Tuesday urged members of the public to refrain from attending social gatherings to survive the coronavirus winter without an available vaccine, amid rising cases linked to in-person gatherings and increased autumn activities. Korea reported 88 new coronavirus cases --72 cases locally transmitted and 16 imported from overseas -- in the 24 hours ending Monday at midnight, acc...
By MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.1 million people worldwide. Over 43 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to […]
SEJONG -- South Korea's finance ministry said Monday it has approved $200 million in health care aid for three Asian nations to better combat the coronavirus pandemic. The approval is part of the nation's plans to provide more than $400 million in loans and grants to developing nations this year to help them push for health projects against the novel coronavirus. The three nations are the Philippines, Cambodia and...
South Korea's combined trade volume dropped 18.3 percent in the second quarter of 2020 from a year earlier amid the new coronavirus pandemic, data showed Sunday. Asia's No. 4 economy saw its exports and imports reach $109 billion over the April-June period, falling $24 billion from the previous year, according to the data compiled by Rep. Yang Kyung-sook of the ruling Democratic Party. It marked a further drop comp...
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 77 new cases of the coronavirus, mostly from the greater capital area where officials are scrambling to stem transmissions at hospitals and nursing homes. Figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Saturday brought the country’s caseload to 25,775, including 457 deaths. Among the 1,484 active cases, 60 are in serious condition. Fifty-nine of the new cases were reported from densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, which has emerged as the epicenter of the outbreak since summer. Hundreds of cases have been linked to
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Students in South Korea like elsewhere are taking online classes off and on, studying from home during the coronavirus pandemic. South Korea may be one of the world’s most wired nations, but remote learning is a challenge for many students and is particularly worrisome in a country so obsessed with