Korean health authorities Tuesday warned of stricter surveillance on foreigners staying in the country’s state-run Covid-19 quarantine facilities, saying they will most likely be subjected to more “control” from local officials.
Odd hobbies have gone from goofs to more serious pursuits for many in Korea as the pandemic digs in and people have a lot of time on their hands.
Quarantine checkpoints at Incheon International Airport are the frontlines in Korea's war on the coronavirus, keeping overseas cases from becoming sources of local transmission.
The government announced Sunday that it will adopt a three-level social distancing system that could more strictly limit social activities depending on the severity of the coronavirus outbreak.
From June 10, every visitor to a club, hostess bar, karaoke joint or concert hall became obliged to have a QR code issued via smartphone. Internet portal Naver is the government's first partner for the QR codes.
The Korean government will submit 18 different measures for testing, tracing and treating the Covid-19 outbreak to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as it works to promote the “K-quarantine” response model.
The government announced Wednesday it will upgrade the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) to an independent administration, a move aimed at strengthening the country’s comprehensive response to infectious diseases.
The government plans to spend 325.8 billion won ($263 million) to establish international standards for key Korean technologies, including 5G, intelligent transport systems and system semiconductors.
A Korea-led multilateral group responding to the threats of Covid-19 and other global infectious diseases that involves key international health organizations was launched Wednesday in Geneva.
Korea was named Tuesday as a member of the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO), which will allow it to play a leading role in resolving global health challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic.