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North Korea fires two short-range 'ballistic missiles' into sea

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the North fired the two projectiles from the port city of Wonsan into the Sea of Japan

MORE TESTS? This picture, taken on April 9, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

Coronavirus test kits pour off South Korean production line

Mar 27, 2020 - 8:00 PM

One company in South Korea is now making 350,000 coronavirus test kits a day, with plans to ramp up production further

Sample testing devices used in diagnosing the COVID-19 novel coronavirus are checked on a production line as they are prepared to be included in testing kits for shipment at the SD Biosensor bio-diagnostic company near Cheongju, south of Seoul on March 27, 2020. - SD Biosensor is one of five companies in South Korea -- which appears to have brought its epidemic under control with a huge "trace, test and treat" effort -- making diagnostic tests for the COVID-19 virus. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Korean Air chief defeats 'nut rage' sister's challenge

Mar 27, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Cho Won-tae wins 56.67% support in a shareholder vote, defeating his sister, 'nut rage' heiress Cho Hyun-ah

Logos of Hanjin Group (L) and Korean Air (R) are seen on the headquarters building of Hanjin Group in Seoul on March 27, 2020. - The "nut rage" heiress who forced a plane to turn back over her macadamias and her activist shareholder allies failed on March 27 to wrest control of the family airline from her brother, in what analysts said illustrated the power of incumbents at South Korea's chaebols. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Lessons from South Korea: Transparency, rapid testing, no lockdowns

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:45 PM

'In the early phase of the outbreak, the government made hospitalization mandatory for all confirmed cases regardless of the severity of symptom,' says South Korean Ambassador Han Dong-man in a Q & A with Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug

COVID-19 TEST BOOTH. Hospital president Kim Sang-il stands outside a COVID-19 testing booth at Yangji hospital in Seoul on March 17, 2020. A South Korean hospital has introduced phone booth-style coronavirus testing facilities that avoid medical staff having to touch patients directly and cut down disinfection times. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

'Nut rage' heiress takes on brother in South Korea succession feud

Mar 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Cho Hyun-ah, who made headlines worldwide as the 'nut rage' heiress, faces off against her brother for control of Korean Air

NEW ACCUSATION. In this file photo, former Korean Air executive Cho Hyun-Ah is surrounded by journalists after she received a suspended jail sentence and was freed by a Seoul appeals court in Seoul on May 22, 2015, after she had been jailed for a year in February for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Filipino in South Korea tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:32 PM

'This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 infection involving a Filipino in South Korea,' says DFA Undersecretary Dodo Dulay

FIRST. A screen displays information amid concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in central Seoul on March 9, 2020. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

South Korean actor Moon Ji-yoon dies at 36

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Moon Ji-yoon rose to acting fame with the 2002 K-drama 'Romance'

New coronavirus cluster linked to different South Korean church

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The Grace River Church continued holding services despite repeated government requests for the public to avoid group activities, including religious meetings

DOGGIE. Shoppers wearing face masks amid concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak walk through a market in Seoul on March 14, 2020. (Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Ex-Monsta X member Wonho cleared of drug charges

Mar 14, 2020 - 4:34 PM

The K-pop star left the boy band following accusations of marijuana use

CLEARED. Wonho of Monsta X performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festiva in September 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia/AFP

South Korea sees more coronavirus patients released than new infections

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:50 AM

South Korea has an advanced medical system widely available to all, and has embarked on a huge coronavirus testing drive

HELPER. A South Korean tourist information helper wears a face mask at the Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul on January 29, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

South Korea adds 114 coronavirus cases, warns on Seoul cluster

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:57 AM

Around 100 people linked to a call center in Seoul test positive for the virus

REST. Medical staff members wearing protective gear take a rest as they wait for people with suspected symptoms of the coronavirus at a testing facility in Seoul on March 11, 2020. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

South Korea uses app to monitor quarantined citizens – report

Mar 11, 2020 - 3:24 PM

The app alerts officials if a citizen ventures out of their area of quarantine

DAEGU. A hospital worker wearing protective equipment amid concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, stands next to an ambulance on a street in Daegu – part of the largest coronavirus cluster in South Korea – on March 10, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

South Korea coronavirus cases rise for 1st time in 5 days

Mar 11, 2020 - 10:39 AM

Authorities warn against letting their guard down with a continuing risk of small cluster infections

GAS MASK. Workers at a building where 46 people were confirmed to have the COVID-19 coronavirus, wait in line for coronavirus testing at a temporary facility in Seoul on March 10, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

K-pop star Taeyeon’s father passes away on her birthday

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:57 AM

SM Entertainment says the Girls' Generation member's newest single will be released on a later date

South Korea reports fewer than 150 new coronavirus cases

Mar 10, 2020 - 10:35 AM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in notes his country's 'slowing trend' but warns: 'We should not be complacent at all'

PATIENCE. A health worker wearing a protective suit waits at a drive-through testing center for the coronavirus in Seoul on March 7, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Scandal-ridden K-pop star Seungri enlists in army

Mar 09, 2020 - 6:23 PM

The singer from BIGBANG has been indicted on accusations including prostitution arrangement, embezzlement and illicit gambling

Former BIGBANG boyband member Seungri wearing a face mask arrives at a military boot camp in the border town of Cheorwon, 100 kilometres north of Seoul, on March 9, 2020. - Disgraced K-pop star Seungri enlisted in the South Korean army on March 9, meaning a military court will now hear his trial on charges stemming from a sex and drugs scandal that saw him retire from showbiz last year. (Photo by - / YONHAP / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

South Korea sees lowest new coronavirus infections for 2 weeks

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:33 AM

But the focus of global concern is moving towards Italy and Iran

REJOICE. Worshippers wearing face masks, amid concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, attend a Sunday service at the Yeouido Full Gospel Church in Seoul on March 8, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea fires 3 projectiles – South's military

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:02 AM

Monday's launch comes days after Kim sent a personal letter to the South's President Moon Jae-in, offering 'comfort' for the rapid outbreak of the new coronavirus in the country

SOHAE. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a ground jet test. Photo from KCNA/AFP

South Korea reports lowest new virus infections in days

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:01 PM

'Despite the smaller rise in COVID-19 cases, we are not at a point where we can say the situation has improved,' says the country's health minister

HOSPITALIZATION. Medical staff members wearing protective gear carry a patient infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus at a hospital in Seoul on March 8, 2020. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

2 apartment buildings in South Korea quarantined over virus

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:27 PM

The apartment complex in Daegu is placed under lockdown after 46 residents were confirmed to have the virus

DISINFECTION. This handout picture taken on February 19, 2020 shows South Korean health officials wearing protective suit and spraying disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. Photo by Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu/AFP

South Korea to void visas of Japanese visitors in virus retaliation

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea has taken particular issue with Japan's restrictions, with the presidential office calling the decision 'irrational'

DISINFECTANT. A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at a railway station in Daegu. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Japan to quarantine visitors from China, South Korea over virus

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:37 PM

'In order to reduce the amount of inbound travel from China and South Korea, we will limit arrival destinations for aircraft from the two countries to Narita and Kansai airports,' says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

QUARANTINE. In this file photo, passengers who arrived on one of the last flights from the Chinese city of Wuhan walk through a health screening station at Narita airport in Chiba prefecture, outside Tokyo, on January 23, 2020. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

WATCH: Blood will spill in 'Kingdom' season 2 full trailer

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Season 2 drops on March 13

South Korea coronavirus total nears 6,000

Mar 05, 2020 - 10:44 AM

The government proposes an extra budget of 11.7 trillion won ($9.9 billion) to address the epidemic's impact

STREET SPRAY. A woman walks past South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear as they spray disinfectant to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at a shopping district in Seoul on March 4, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

South Korea reports lowest new infections for a week

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) Seoul announces 435 new cases on March 4, far below the rise of 851 on March 3 – when President Moon Jae-in declared 'war' on the virus – and its lowest increase since February 26

SPRAY AWAY. Workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at a subway station in Seoul on February 28, 2020. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Philippines partially lifts ban on Filipino tourists bound for South Korea

Mar 03, 2020 - 4:10 PM

(UPDATED) Filipino tourists can now travel to South Korea again, but restrictions remain in place for North Gyeongsang Province, including Daegu City and Cheongdo County

WAITING. People wait in line to buy face masks in front of a store at Dongseongro shopping district in Daegu on February 27, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

South Korea coronavirus cases approach 5,000

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Two more people have died, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, taking the toll to 28

SOLDIERS. South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at a market in Daegu on March 2, 2020. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

North Korea fires 'short-range ballistic missiles'

Mar 02, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The launch is the nuclear-armed North's first for more than 3 months and comes as nuclear negotiations with the United States remain at a standstill

South Korean sect leader apologizes over coronavirus spread

Mar 02, 2020 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) Shincheonji head Lee Man-hee's plea for forgiveness comes after Seoul city authorities file a murder complaint against him for failing to cooperate in containing the epidemic

APOLOGIES. Lee Man-hee, leader of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, bows during a press conference at a facility of the church in Gapyeong on March 2, 2020. Photo by AFP

Discrimination fears hamper virus checks at Korean 'cult'

Mar 02, 2020 - 12:02 PM

In a message to his followers, the sect's founder calls the outbreak the 'work of the devil,' but also says they are 'the sons of God' and will triumph over it

WAITING. People wait in line to buy face masks in front of a store at Dongseongro shopping district in Daegu on February 27, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Seoul seeks murder charges against sect founder over coronavirus

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The Shincheonji Church of Jesus is accused of submitting false lists of its members to authorities

CHURCH. South Korean health officials are wearing protective suits and spraying disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. Photo care of Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu/AFP

Nearly 500 new coronavirus cases send South Korea total past 4,000

Mar 02, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Four more people have died, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, taking the toll to 22

HANBOK. People in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they visit Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on February 23, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Pinay in South Korea: Coping with the coronavirus outbreak

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:16 PM

South Koreans as well as resident foreigners were not that worried when the news initially broke out. Our attention was focused on what we thought were bigger issues like the Australia bush fires and the Taal Volcano eruption.

NEAR EMPTY. An underground shopping area in Incheon without the usual brisk business following the coronavirus outbreak in parts of South Korea. Photo by Heidi Esteban

South Korea reports 594 more coronavirus cases, total now at 2,931

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:53 AM

More than 90% of the new cases are in Daegu, the center of the country's outbreak, and its neighboring North Gyeongsang province, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say

DISINFECTING. Workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at a subway station in Seoul on February 28, 2020. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to South Korea after PH travel ban

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Passengers affected by the canceled flights may avail of rebooking, refunding, and stored value options

BTS cancels Seoul concerts as coronavirus spreads in South Korea – agency

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:33 PM

The 4 concerts were scheduled to take place between April 11 and 19 at Seoul's Olympic Stadium

BTS. In this file photo taken in December 2019, BTS performs onstage in Los Angeles, California. The K-pop megastars cancelled 4 Seoul concerts in April as the number of novel coronavirus cases in South Korea passed 2,000. Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP

'Crash Landing On You' star Son Ye-jin donates to coronavirus-hit Daegu

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The Korean star hopes her donation can help lower-income residents in Daegu, South Korea, and says that news about the COVID-19 outbreak in her hometown is 'especially heartbreaking' for her

South Korea coronavirus cases pass 2,000 – authorities

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:42 AM

South Korea's total is expected to increase further

DRESSED UP. People in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they visit Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on February 23, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Iloilo gov’t to monitor travelers from South Korea due to coronavirus scare

Feb 28, 2020 - 7:28 AM

The Iloilo provincial government cancels the 'Run for Jesus' event where South Korean delegates are supposed to attend

Shincheonji: The secretive sect in South Korean virus outbreak

Feb 27, 2020 - 1:21 PM

At their services Shincheonji members sit close together on the floor without chairs and desks, praying extensively in what critics say creates an ideal environment to spread viral infections

Pedestrians wearing face masks walk in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 24, 2020. South Korea reported 161 more coronavirus cases on February 24, taking the nationwide total to 763 and making it the world's largest total outside China. The country has seen a rapid surge in the number of coronavirus cases -- adding more than 700 cases in less than a week -- since a cluster of infections emerged from a religious sect in the southern city of Daegu. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

U.S., South Korea postpone joint military exercises over virus

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:56 AM

An American soldier stationed at Camp Carroll is in self-quarantine after testing positive for the virus

FRIENDSHIP. A child sits atop a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bomb during an 'air power' open day event at the US air force base in Osan, south of Seoul. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

South Korea starts virus checks on 200,000-plus 'cult' members

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:10 AM

Most of South Korea's novel coronavirus are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, an entity often accused of being a cult

SPRAY. Market workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant at a market in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 23, 2020 as a preventive measure after the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

PH bans travel of Filipino tourists to South Korea over coronavirus threat

Feb 26, 2020 - 4:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippine government also bans the entry of travelers from virus-hit North Gyeongsang province in South Korea

MANILA AIRPORT. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the main gateway to Metro Manila and the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

American soldier in South Korea tests positive for coronavirus

Feb 26, 2020 - 1:05 PM

The soldier, a 23-year-old man, is the first infection among the 28,500 troops Washington stations in the South to defend it against the nuclear-armed North

INFECTED. File photo of a US Marine with South Korean soldiers at the Joint Security Area in Kaesong, South Korea in the DMZ of the Korean border. Photo by Shutterstock.com

South Korea reports 169 new coronavirus cases, total tops 1,100

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:06 AM

An 11th person has died of the disease – a Mongolian man who had been awaiting a liver transplant

HELPER. A South Korean tourist information helper wears a face mask at the Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul on January 29, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

China quarantines 94 people on Seoul flight after 3 show fever

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:53 AM

None of the 3 people with fevers have any history of travel to Wuhan

PLANE. Medical personnel in protective gear serve breakfast and check for signs of fever among passengers inside a charter plane on their way back from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on February 20, 2020. Photo by Lolita Wiesner/AFP

No fans for South Korea AFC Champions League games due to virus

Feb 25, 2020 - 4:28 PM

No fans will be allowed when FC Seoul plays Thailand's Chiangrai United or when Ulsan faces Australia's Perth Glory

CLOSED DOOR. The 2020 AFC Champions League matches of Ulsan Hyundai and FC Seoul will play without South Korean fans. Photo by Jeon Hyon-Kun/EPA-EFE

South Korea 'very grave,' Moon says as coronavirus cases approach 1,000

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) More than 80% of the infections have been in South Korean city Daegu and the neighboring North Gyeongsang province

BODY CARE. A woman wearing a face mask walks into a shop at Dongseongro shopping district in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 24, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je /AFP

Coronavirus forces BTS to stream album press conference from empty hall

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The group releases the album 'Map of the Soul: 7'

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: K-pop boy band BTS visit the SiriusXM Studios on February 21, 2020 in New York City. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

South Korea on frontline as coronavirus spreads

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:50 PM

A rising number of new cases and deaths in other parts of the world deepen fears about a potential pandemic, with South Korea, Italy, and Iran emerging over the past week on the frontlines

MASKS ON. People wearing protective face masks walk on an overpass in Shanghai on February 24, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP