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  • ‘Mass infection at mental ward attributable to poor conditions’
    par herald003 le 26/02/2020 à 5:51

    The mental ward of a hospital at the center of a slew of coronavirus infections is accused of having poorly managed communal settings for inpatients, exposing them to the disease en masse, a National Medical Center committee said Wednesday. Addressing a press briefing, the center’s clinical […]

  • Samsung C&T to cancel $250m worth treasury stocks
    par 2013021 le 26/02/2020 à 5:49

    Samsung C&T said its board approved Wednesday to expand dividend income over the next three years and cancel treasury stocks worth 300 billion won ($250 million), as part of its shareholder-friendly policies. Last year, the firm allocated 2,000 won per share, which amounted to 60 percent of […]

  • Churches in Korea consider canceling Sunday services as coronavirus spreads
    par 2017015 le 26/02/2020 à 5:37

    Protestant churches in South Korea are considering canceling Sunday worship services this week due to the spread of COVID-19. The disease became an even more serious concern for churches after a pastor at Myungsung Church in eastern Seoul, which has more than 100,000 members, was diagnosed with […]

  • Tests for remdesivir, likely cure for new coronavirus, to begin in Korea
    par 2016021 le 26/02/2020 à 5:19

    Gilead Sciences is in talks with Korean health authorities to begin clinical trials of remdesivir, a drug believed to have the most chance of treating the novel coronavirus. “We are in discussions with Gilead Sciences Korea. It is likely they will submit their application for clinical […]

  • Posco assists communities around world
    par 2016026 le 26/02/2020 à 5:18

    South Korea’s leading steelmaker Posco said Wednesday it will continue to assist communities in need around the world as part of its corporate citizenship efforts. Most recently it reached out to the people of Wuhan, the Chinese city that was the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak. […]

  • Hit by coronavirus, stages sit empty
    par 2017009 le 26/02/2020 à 5:04

    With the COVID-19 alert level raised to the highest “red” level, the performing arts scene has been struggling, as theaters have sat empty of audiences and performances. According to the Korea Performing Arts Box Office Information System, managed by the Korea Arts Management Service […]

  • Korean films opening despite coronavirus crisis
    par jwc le 26/02/2020 à 4:45

    With the fear of the novel coronavirus driving moviegoers away from cinemas, Korea has witnessed mass cancellations of new film releases in recent few days. However, changing plans at the last minute is not a privilege all filmmakers enjoy, and a few Korean films, especially indie flicks produced […]

  • S. Korea’s coronavirus cases exceed 1,200
    par 2014009 le 26/02/2020 à 4:40

    South Korea’s confirmed coronavirus cases surged past 1,200 on Wednesday -- 37 days since the country’s first case was reported -- as the government struggles to contain community transmission of the virus.   The number of cases is expected to climb in the coming days, with […]

  • Disinfection requests surge as coronavirus spreads
    par 2016012 le 26/02/2020 à 4:33

    Disinfection service companies are seeing a threefold spike in fumigation requests as the new coronavirus continues to spread, according to the industry on Wednesday. But with COVID-19 cases increasing in regional communities across the country, the disinfection companies are slogging away to […]

  • [Monitor] Samsung’s Lees remain top dividend earners in 2019
    par khnews le 26/02/2020 à 4:22

    The father and son at the helm of South Korea’s largest conglomerate, Samsung Group, remained the top two dividend earners in 2019, according to data released by corporate tracker CEOScore on Wednesday. Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee, bedridden since 2014, received 474.8 billion […]

  • IZ*ONE's 'Bloom*Iz' tops Oricon weekly overseas album chart
    par yonhap2017 le 26/02/2020 à 4:14

    "Bloom*Iz," the new album by female K-pop band IZ*ONE has topped Japan's latest Oricon weekly overseas album chart, the band's third No. 1 on the chart. The 12-track album's No. 1 victory on the Oricon weekly overseas album chart for the week of Feb. 17-23 follows two more No. 1s on the tally by […]

  • Government takes steps to enhance accessibility to face masks and hospital beds
    par 2008012 le 26/02/2020 à 4:04

    Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun pledged Wednesday to mobilize all available resources for intensive disinfection measures to stabilize the coronavirus-hit Daegu within four weeks. “The government will mobilize all resources and means in order not to lose the prime timing (to contain the […]

  • Seoul stocks slip after brief recovery
    par a2016033 le 26/02/2020 à 4:03

    South Korean stocks headed south Wednesday -- after a brief rally a day earlier -- as the number of confirmed COVID-19 virus cases here reached over 1,000. The local currency also dipped against the US dollar, closing at 1,216.90 won -- down 6.60 won from the previous session’s close. The […]

  • Downside pressure on Kospi mounts as epidemic fears escalate
    par Bae Hyunjung le 26/02/2020 à 4:01

    The unfettered spread of the new coronavirus in South Korea has sparked jitters both here and abroad, with most market observers noting that the spillover effects will continue through March, weighing down on the domestic stock market. For one, global investment bank JP Morgan, in its latest […]

  • Doctors split over phone-only prescriptions in COVID-19 emergency
    par herald003 le 26/02/2020 à 3:58

    A doctors’ group in virus-stricken Daegu has argued in support of consultations and prescriptions over the phone to mitigate further spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The Daegu Medical Association’s statement came a day after its parent organization the Korean Medical […]

  • Countries shut doors on S. Korea over coronavirus fears
    par 2014015 le 26/02/2020 à 3:40

    Gripped by COVID-19 fears, more than two dozen countries are barring entry and tightening restrictions on travelers from Korea, with neighboring Japan becoming the latest to impose such a ban.  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said from Thursday it will ban the entry of foreign nationals […]

  • Bills on disease response pass as parliament reopens after closure due to virus concerns
    par khyonhap le 26/02/2020 à 3:39

    South Korea's parliament on Wednesday passed a set of bills to beef up government responses to infectious diseases as the country is striving to rein in the fast-spreading new coronavirus. The lawmakers also formed a special committee on the virus crisis as the National Assembly reopened earlier […]

  • KB Financial to launch intraboard ESG committee
    par 2017014 le 26/02/2020 à 3:38

    KB Financial Group said Wednesday that it plans to set up an intraboard committee focused on environmental, social and corporate governance. The group’s board of directors has decided to officially put the issue up for vote at the upcoming shareholders meeting scheduled for March 20. The […]

  • TWICE signs partnership with US' Republic Records
    par khyonhap le 26/02/2020 à 3:37

    In its bid to launch onto the world music scene, K-pop girl band TWICE has forged a partnership with a major American music label. TWICE's management agency said Wednesday that it forged the "strategic partnership" with Republic Records to help the girl band gain a foothold in the global pop […]

  • ROK-US military drills to be scaled back
    par 2019019 le 26/02/2020 à 3:27

    South Korea and the US decided to scale back the annual joint military exercises scheduled to begin within the next several days, as the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Korea limited the ability of both militaries to participate, CNN reported, quoting three US officials. The decision would […]

  • [Newsmaker] Shincheonji Wuhan church emerges as possible link to Korea virus spread
    par 2016025 le 26/02/2020 à 3:21

    Members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus reportedly held meetings in the Chinese city of Wuhan until late last year, raising the possibility that the group’s South Korean members could have contracted COVID-19 virus there and brought it back to Korea. Korea now has the greatest number of […]

  • Posco foundation to back projects for disabled artists, persons of merit
    par 2013021 le 26/02/2020 à 3:10

    South Korean steelmaker Posco said Wednesday its charity unit, Posco1%Foundation, plans to support disabled artists and persons of merit with new and innovative programs through an open contest. The foundation conducted a monthlong contest in January inviting applications from individuals and […]

  • Hyundai Motor Group donates W5b to help fight coronavirus
    par 2015006 le 26/02/2020 à 3:05

    Hyundai Motor Group has donated 5 billion won ($4.1 million) to Hope Bridge Association of the National Disaster Relief to support medical personnel and offer relief goods amid the quickly escalating COVID-19 outbreak across the country.  The donation was made to especially help people in […]

  • Amorepacific to sell Gangnam building for W160b
    par 2017010 le 26/02/2020 à 2:59

    Cosmetics giant Amorepacific will sell its office building in Nonhyun-dong, within Seoul’s Gangnam district, for 160 billion won ($131.25 million), according to the company’s regulatory filing Wednesday. The company decided to sell the building to secure liquidity and to improve […]

  • Over 80% of Koreans watch videos online
    par 2017010 le 26/02/2020 à 2:54

    Eight out of 10, or 81.2 percent, Koreans watch videos online, according to a ICT Ministry report released Wednesday, with about 73.7 percent watching them on a daily basis. The ministry, in its annual survey on internet use patterns, surveyed a total 60,254 people from 25,031 households here […]

  • Korean firms on edge ahead of shareholders meetings on coronavirus fears
    par 2013021 le 26/02/2020 à 2:49

    South Korea’s listed companies are on edge ahead of shareholders meetings scheduled for March as the number of COVID-19 cases surges day by day and many shareholders are expected to stay away. Next month, more than 300 listed companies are slated to hold shareholders meetings to handle […]

  • Netmarble, Marvel to introduce new game at PAX East
    par 2016021 le 26/02/2020 à 2:38

    Netmarble said Wednesday it plans to introduce a new game title with Marvel at PAX East in the US. Due to the coronavirus scare in South Korea, only Netmarble’s US office employees will attend the game show. The PAX East 2020 is being held at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in […]

  • PEF to buy IS Dongseo ceramics operation for W217b
    par 2017011 le 26/02/2020 à 1:17

    E&F Private Equity has inked a deal to acquire the ceramics operation of concrete-to-construction business group IS Dongseo for 217 billion won ($178 million), according to a filing on Wednesday. The private equity firm, managing 342.2 billion won in assets as of 2019, agreed to buy a 100 […]

  • Over 400,000 sign petition to impeach President Moon
    par sophie le 26/02/2020 à 12:54

    As of Wednesday morning, over 400,000 South Koreans have signed an online petition calling for the impeachment of President Moon Jae-in over the government’s missteps in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. The petition appeared on the website of the presidential office Feb. 4, and more than […]

  • S. Korea reports 12th coronavirus death as total cases jump past 1,100
    par khyonhap le 26/02/2020 à 12:33

      South Korea reported its 12th fatality from the new coronavirus and 169 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections here to 1,146. A 73-year-old man, a member of a religious sect in the southeastern city of Daegu, died of COVID-19, according to the city […]

  • BMW introduces two new gasoline crossovers
    par 2020010 le 26/02/2020 à 12:33

    BMW Korea has introduced two new gasoline-powered crossovers with revamped features, the New X3 and the New X4. The Korean unit of the German automaker said Wednesday that the New X3 xDrive20i and the New X4 xDrive20i models are equipped with advanced features including a panoramic glass roof and […]

  • Baedal Minjok to financially support riders during coronavirus emergency
    par 2016021 le 26/02/2020 à 11:48

    South Korea’s biggest food delivery service in terms of market share, Baedal Minjok, will provide financial support for its riders if they have to go into self-quarantine for COVID-19, the company announced Wednesday. For delivery riders who have to miss work due to a suspected case of […]

  • Hyundai Motor chief quits executive role at steel affiliate
    par 2015006 le 26/02/2020 à 11:45

    Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice Chairman Chung Euisun has resigned as an inside executive director of the group’s steel affiliate, Hyundai Steel, the company said Wednesday.  Chung aims to focus on the group’s core automotive business as the group seeks to transform itself into […]

  • Celltrion’s Remsima SC authorized to treat rheumatoid arthritis in Korea
    par 2016021 le 26/02/2020 à 11:26

    Celltrion’s autoimmune disease treatment Remsima SC was approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis in South Korea, the company announced Wednesday. Remsima SC is a biobetter of Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade (infliximab), and is the world’s first subcutaenously injectable form of […]

  • USFK service member confirmed with coronavirus
    par khyonhap le 26/02/2020 à 11:12

    An American soldier stationed in the southeastern South Korean town of Chilgok tested positive for the new coronavirus, US Forces Korea said Wednesday, marking the first case among USFK service personnel. The 23-year-old soldier at Camp Carroll is currently in self-quarantine at his off-base […]

  • Bidding for duty-free operation at Incheon Airport kicks off
    par 2015006 le 26/02/2020 à 11:11

    Incheon International Airport Corp. began taking bids for existing airport duty-free operations on Wednesday, accepting proposals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., industry sources said Wednesday. Eight duty-free operators including Shilla, Lotte, Shinsegae and midsized operators like SM which currently […]

  • S. Korea curbs exports of facial masks amid soaring virus cases
    par yonhap2017 le 26/02/2020 à 10:37

    South Korea on Wednesday started to regulate the country's exports of facial masks as demand for sanitary products has been running high here amid the spread of the new coronavirus. Under the measures, effective until April 30, the government will limit mask exports to a maximum of 10 percent of […]

  • Parliament reopens after closure due to coronavirus
    par khyonhap le 26/02/2020 à 10:27

    South Korea's parliament reopened on Wednesday morning, after it was closed down two days ago due to concerns of coronavirus infection. The National Assembly called off a plenary session and shuttered its main buildings on Monday after it was discovered that a person infected with COVID-19 […]

  • S. Korea's virus cases spike past 1,100, tests on church followers start
    par khyonhap le 26/02/2020 à 10:18

    South Korea's new coronavirus cases topped 1,100 on Wednesday morning and the health authorities started testing about 210,000 followers of a religious sect at the center of rapid infections here. The 169 additional cases brought the total cases to 1,146 from only 51 a week ago, according to the […]

  • BTS' 'Map of the Soul: 7' tops Japan's Oricon album chart
    par khyonhap le 26/02/2020 à 10:09

    Having been reported to be on course to take over the top seats on the Billboard 200 and the British Official Albums Chart, BTS has also topped Japan's Oricon album chart with its latest album. According to latest chart results by Oricon on Tuesday, BTS' latest album, "Map of the Soul: 7," came […]

  • United Airlines extends window for changing S. Korea-bound flights without fee
    par yonhap2017 le 26/02/2020 à 10:08

    WASHINGTON -- United Airlines on Tuesday extended its window for travelers wishing to change their South Korea-bound flights without paying a fee, as the number of coronavirus cases in the country continued to climb. The US airline said on its website that passengers originally booked on flights […]

  • Korean manufacturers' sentiment worsens for March
    par yonhap2017 le 26/02/2020 à 10:07

    The business sentiment of South Korean manufacturers sharply deteriorated for the upcoming month, central bank data showed Wednesday, amid growing concerns that the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak may undermine the country's already weak exports and economic recovery. The business sentiment […]

  • Monsta X becomes 3rd K-pop band to make top 5 on Billboard 200
    par khyonhap le 26/02/2020 à 9:31

    Monsta X, a six-piece K-pop boy band, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, becoming the third K-pop band ever to make the top five on the album tally. "All About Luv," the band's new album, came in fifth on the album chart dated Feb. 29, Monsta X's first entry on the […]

  • Italy sees virus cases rise 45% in a day; deaths up to 11
    par ap201708 le 26/02/2020 à 9:25

    ROME (AP) -- Italy reported a 45 percent one-day increase in people infected with the coronavirus as other countries in Europe recorded their first cases Tuesday, producing evidence that travelers are carrying the virus from the European outbreak's current epicenter. Italian officials […]

  • Dow ends 3.1% lower as virus worries lead to 2nd straight rout
    par afp201708 le 26/02/2020 à 9:16

    NEW YORK (AFP) -- Wall Street stocks suffered a second straight rout Tuesday, with losses picking up after US health officials warned the virus was likely to hit the world's biggest economy. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 27,083.46, down 3.1 percent and about 875 […]

  • Algeria reports first novel coronavirus case
    par afp201708 le 26/02/2020 à 9:10

    ALGIERS (AFP) -- Algerian authorities on Tuesday announced the country's first case of the novel coronavirus, in an Italian citizen who arrived in the country on February 17. "One case was confirmed positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), out of two suspected cases (both) of Italian nationality," the […]

  • Health authorities expect coronavirus spread on US soil
    par afp201708 le 26/02/2020 à 9:08

    WASHINGTON (AFP) -- American health authorities said Tuesday they ultimately expect the novel coronavirus to spread in the United States and are urging local governments, businesses, and schools to develop plans like canceling mass gatherings or switching to teleworking. Officials are also worried […]

  • Moon to meet with political leaders on COVID-19 response
    par khyonhap le 26/02/2020 à 9:05

    President Moon Jae-in is expected to hold a meeting with the leaders of South Korea's ruling and opposition parties this week on the COVID-19 epidemic, a Cheong Wa Dae official said Wednesday. Moon plans to discuss the matter with Lee Hae-chan, head of the ruling Democratic Party; Hwang Kyo-ahn, […]

  • Trump says he 'spoke to' S. Korea about coronavirus
    par khyonhap le 26/02/2020 à 8:59

    WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he spoke with South Korea and Italy about the spread of the coronavirus in those countries. Trump made the remark during a press conference in New Delhi, India, as he talked about US cooperation with China over the virus, which has infected […]

  • Senators say US should stop excessive demands for defense deal with S. Korea
    par khyonhap le 26/02/2020 à 8:56

    WASHINGTON -- The United States should stop demanding that South Korea pay significantly more for the American troop presence in the country, two US senators said Tuesday. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Edward Markey (D-MA) issued the call during a hearing looking back on the year since the […]

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