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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

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

South Korea becomes biggest coronavirus center outside China

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:21 AM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in raises the country's virus alert to red, the highest level

ON GUARD. 'Palace guard' members in traditional Korean costume wear face masks as they perform for tourists at Deoksugung palace in Seoul on January 30, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

DFA advises Filipinos to 'delay non-essential travel' to South Korea

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:20 PM

There is currently no ban on Filipinos traveling to South Korea, but the Department of Foreign Affairs recommends delaying trips 'as a precaution' amid the novel coronavirus outbreak

People in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they visit Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on February 23, 2020. - South Korea reported two additional deaths from coronavirus and 123 more cases on February 23, with nearly two thirds of the new patients connected to a religious sect. The national toll of 556 cases is now the second-highest outside of China. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

South Korea raises virus alert to 'grave' as infections surge

Feb 23, 2020 - 1:27 PM

(4th UPDATE) South Korea's national toll of 602 cases is now the highest outside China, apart from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan

CULT. South Korean health officials wearing protective suit and spraying disinfectant near a church in the southeastern city of Daegu. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

BTS drops 'Map of the Soul: 7,' 'kinetic manifesto film' for lead single

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Plus! There's a Spotify-exclusive 'enhanced' album that includes commentary from the group

NEW ALBUM. BTS drops a new album. Image courtesy of Big Hit/Spotify release

South Korea confirms 52 more coronavirus cases, total 156

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:48 AM

South Korea is now the worst-infected country outside China

SPRAY. South Korean health officials wearing protective suits spray disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. Photo by Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu/AFP

1st South Korea virus patient dies as number of infections doubles

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) A man in his 60s in North Gyeongsang province tests positive for the coronavirus after dying Wednesday, February 19, following symptoms of pneumonia

CULT. South Korean health officials wearing protective suit and spraying disinfectant near a church in the southeastern city of Daegu. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

'Running Man' star Lee Kwang-soo injured in car accident

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:14 AM

The South Korean actor will be taking a break from all scheduled activities

Breaking news and barriers: South Korea's first main female anchor

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:37 PM

Lee So-jeong, news anchor of South Korea's national public broadcaster 'News 9' bulletin, breaks a decades-old boys' club in a society that is technologically and economically advanced, but still culturally male-dominated

This picture taken on February 6, 2020 shows South Korean news anchor Lee So-jeong attending a rehearsal of a primetime newscast at KBS, South Korea's national public broadcaster, in Seoul. Five times a week, Lee So-jeong is beamed into living rooms across the country leading its "News 9" bulletin, after she shattered a decades-old glass ceiling in a society that is technologically and economically advanced, but still culturally male-dominated. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

South Korea coronavirus cases jump by two-thirds in 1 day

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) At least 15 cases are believed to be linked to a single patient, a 61-year-old woman

ON GUARD. 'Palace guard' members in traditional Korean costume wear face masks as they perform for tourists at Deoksugung palace in Seoul on January 30, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Cross-border love story 'Crash Landing on You' crashes South Korea TV ratings

Feb 14, 2020 - 4:16 PM

South Korea's biggest current television hit is 'unashamedly fantastical in its plotlines,' while also drawing praise for its portrayal of everyday life in the North

Business booms for 'Parasite' locations

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:05 AM

Locations featured in 'Parasite' are enjoying a business boom since its Oscar triumph, with a pizza store seeing sales double

General Motors to suspend Korea assembly line as virus hits parts supply

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:50 PM

One of the two assembly lines at GM Korea's Bupyeong complex will be closed next Monday and Tuesday, February 17 and 18

GENERAL MOTORS. Tens of thousands of General Motors workers are on strike in the United States. Photo from Shutterstock

'Goblin' actress Go Soo Jung dies at 24

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:36 PM

Her agency, Story J Company, makes the announcement on Instagram

GO SOO JUNG. The 'Goblin' actress dies at 25. Screenshot from

[ANALYSIS] Beyond Hallyu: Acknowledging the Koreans in our midst

Feb 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Filipinos love Korean pop culture, but they don't necessarily feel the same way about regular Koreans living in the Philippines

In sickness and in health: Mass wedding in South Korea defies virus fears

Feb 07, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The Unification Church founded by Sun Myung-Moon distributed face coverings to the 30,000 crowd, but only some donned them

MASS WEDDING. Couples wearing protective face masks attend a mass wedding ceremony organized by the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea on February 7, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Hyundai suspends South Korea production over China outbreak

Feb 04, 2020 - 7:10 PM

(UPDATED) Hyundai is forced to halt production at its 7 South Korea plants due to lack of parts called wiring harnesses, which are mostly supplied from China

PRODUCTION DISRUPTED. Hyundai is among the businesses affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo from Shutterstock

South Korean court orders compensation for Ronaldo no-show

Feb 04, 2020 - 6:39 PM

The Incheon District Court orders the promoter to pay compensation to fans as Ronaldo failed to suit up in a friendly match in Seoul last year

COURT ORDER. Cristiano Ronaldo did not suit up in his friendly match in Seoul in 2019. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Traveler from Thailand confirmed as South Korea's new virus case

Feb 04, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The latest confirmed case brings South Korea's total number of patients to 16

PREPPED. Hospital officials wearing protective gear guide visitors to help prevent the spread of the SARS-like virus, at the entrance of a hospital in Seoul on February 4, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Q&A: Evacuations from China's virus-hit Wuhan

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:40 PM

How are airlines preventing infection? What happens to the foreigners left behind?

ESCAPE. In this file photo taken on January 22, 2020, passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(9th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

South Korean transgender soldier pleads to stay in army

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:14 PM

South Korea remains deeply conservative about matters of sexual identity and is less tolerant of LGBT rights than some other parts of Asia

BYUN HEE-SOO. South Korean Army staff sergeant Byun Hee-soo, who voluntarily enlisted before having gender-reassignment surgery in November, reacts as she expresses her desire to remain in the army during a press conference at the Military Human Rights Center for Korea in Seoul on January 22, 2020. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

WHO to hold emergency meeting as SARS-like virus spreads in Asia

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) An 89-year-old man has become the fourth person to die from the virus in China, authorities say Tuesday

MYSTERY VIRUS. A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

SARS-like virus spreads in China, reaches third Asian country

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:18 PM

A third person is confirmed to have died and 136 new cases are found over the weekend in Wuhan. Meanwhile, South Korea reports its first case.

OUTBREAK. A medical staff member walks outside the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 18, 2020. Photo by AFP

South Korea confirms first case of SARS-like virus from China

Jan 20, 2020 - 2:58 PM

A 35-year-old Chinese woman who flew in from Wuhan is confirmed to have the new coronavirus strain, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says

HITTING SOUTH KOREA. This file photo taken on January 18, 2020 shows medical staff members carrying a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

Founder of South Korean retail giant Lotte dies at 97

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Shin Kyuk-ho is the founder of one of South Korea's biggest family-run conglomerates

LOTTE FOUNDER. This file photo on July 28, 2015, shows Lotte group founder Shin Kyuk-ho in Seoul, South Korea. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

South Koreans among 7 missing in Himalayan avalanche

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:43 PM

About 200 people have been rescued from the avalanche-hit zone as well as other trekking routes after the weather eased to let helicopters fly in

HIGH RANGE. Snow-capped Himalayan mountains in the Kashmir region are pictured during a commercial flight from Srinagar to Jammu. File photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

LIST: Countries offer aid amid Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 17, 2020 - 1:25 PM

(6th UPDATE) Foreign countries offer aid for affected communities as the Taal Volcano unrest persists

DESTROYED. Large fissures wrecked homes, roads, houses, and establishments in Barangay Bangin in Agoncillo, Batangas, on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Time running out on U.S.-South Korea troop talks – envoy

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The US and South Korea are in a security alliance and Washington stations 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend it from the nuclear-armed North

HARRY HARRIS. US Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris poses for a photo after a group interview at the ambassador's residence in Seoul on January 16, 2020. Photo by Sebastien Berger/AFP

New trial opens for disgraced South Korean ex-leader Park

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:17 PM

Park Geun-hye, the country's first female president, boycotts the session. The Seoul High Court thus adjourns and schedules another session for January 31, when it will move straight to closing arguments.

PARK GEUN-HYE. South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on August 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je

EXO's Chen is getting married

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:53 PM

SM Entertainment confirms that Chen and his non-celebrity girlfriend are also expecting a baby

Guilty verdict overturned in South Korea #MeToo case

Jan 09, 2020 - 3:39 PM

The Supreme Court quashes the decision and orders a retrial, saying the initial trial ruling 'misunderstood legal principles on the crime of abuse of official authority'

AHN TAE-GEUN. Former senior South Korean prosecutor Ahn Tae-geun arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on January 23, 2019. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

K-pop group X1 disbands after vote-rigging controversy

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:39 PM

'We could not come to an agreement, so we have decided on their disbandment,' the 9 talent agencies of the 11 boys say in a joint statement

Bong Joon-ho: South Korea's biting film satirist

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) The director's movie 'Parasite' makes history as the first non-English-language film ever to win a best picture in the Oscars

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Bong Joon-ho poses in the press room with award for Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language for "Parasite" during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Dozens of South Korean MPs charged over parliamentary standoff

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Seoul prosecutors indict Liberty Korea party leader Hwang Kyo-ahn and 23 of his MPs on charges including causing a commotion at the national assembly and illegal detention

INDICTED. This picture taken on April 26, 2019 and received on January 2, 2020 by Yonhap News Agency shows South Korea's opposition party members lying on the floor linking arms to block access to a committee room in an attempt to stop legislation being passed, at the National Assembly in Seoul. File photo by STR/Yonhap/AFP