The minimum wage will rise to 9,620 won ($7.40) an hour in 2023, up 5 percent.
Mr. Kim was in and out of medical clinics for the past three years to get treatment for high blood pressure, diabetes and spinal pain.
Covid-19 cases are on the rise, bouncing back above 10,000 a day.
Businesses across the board are recovering from the pandemic, but one type — the public bath — sustained such damage that it's proven fatal in the case of many establishments.
Korea will reduce support for people infected with Covid-19 from next month as it moves another step toward living with the virus.
Rifles are distributed to reserve forces at an Army unit in Chuncheon, Gangwon, on Tuesday, as annual field training for reservists resumed after being suspended for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 cases in Korea dropped to their lowest level in five months on Monday.
Korea decided to keep the mandatory seven-day quarantine for Covid-19 patients for another four weeks due to fears that rolling back the mandate could accelerate a possible virus resurgence.
The week-long isolation rule is one of the last remaining Covid restrictions that Korean health officials have yet to scrap, as the nation slowly learns how to live with the virus.
In the wake of the pandemic, Korea will implement a paid sick leave system that allows workers to take leave for diseases such as Covid-19 and receive 60 percent of the minimum wage.