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South Korea designates entire China as 'coronavirus watch zone'

South Korea designates entire China as 'coronavirus watch zone'

South Korea's public health authorities announced Saturday that they have designated all of China as a "coronavirus watch" zone as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus here. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) pledged to safeguard public health as South Koreans celebrate the four-day Lunar New Year holiday. KCDC initially only designated Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, as a place of special interest with extra scrutiny in terms of quarantine procedures for people who arrive from the city.

Cholera carnage: Deadly rat spirit ravages 1886 Seoul

Cholera carnage: Deadly rat spirit ravages 1886 Seoul

In June 1886, cholera appeared in Fusan (modern Busan). Its arrival was dreaded but not totally unexpected by residents as it had already wreaked havoc in Japan. Characterized by horrible cramps - which many of the superstitious believed to be a malevolent rat-like spirit clawing its way through its victim's legs in an effort to reach the heart - the disease was extremely painful and deadly.

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Parties' '1st pledge' shows election strategies

Parties' '1st pledge' shows election strategies

Political parties are coming up with campaign pledges ahead of the April 15 general election, and each of their “first promise” gives an indication as to their main priorities and their target demographics.

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South Korea to convene emergency meeting over Wuhan coronavirus

South Korea to convene emergency meeting over Wuhan coronavirus

South Korea will hold an emergency meeting Friday to discuss stepped-up measures to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus as the country reported the second confirmed case of the deadly virus. The meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, will focus on pan-government efforts to contain the virus during the Lunar New Year holiday that runs through Monday, according to the Prime

Number of African swine fever-positive wild boars in Korea reaches 105

Number of African swine fever-positive wild boars in Korea reaches 105

The number of wild boars infected with African swine fever (ASF) in South Korea went up to 105 on Friday, as additional carcasses recently found near the border with North Korea tested positive.

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Middle-aged workers feel pinch of economic downturn

Middle-aged workers feel pinch of economic downturn

South Koreans have long joked that the nation's unofficial retirement age is 45. Since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis forced South Korea to receive an emergency bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund in return for a painful restructuring of its banks and corporate sectors, middle-aged workers here have faced greater instability in their jobs.

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