South Korean 'sparrows' try to cap surge of throwaway plastic

SEOUL (Reuters) – At a workshop in the South Korean capital, two environmental activists melt down old plastic bottle caps that thousands of volunteers known as “sparrows” have collected in a bid to fight a tide of plastic the novel coronavirus has helped unleash.Slideshow ( 6 images )Green activists Kim Yona and Lee Dong-I use […]

South Korea traces church members, confines troops to base as virus spreads

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reported a three-digit increase in novel coronavirus cases for a fifth day on Tuesday as authorities scrambled to trace hundreds of members of a church congregation, and the military locked down bases to stop the spread of the virus. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 246 […]

Thousands protest against Moon as Seoul scrambles to curb virus resurgence

SEOUL (Reuters) – A spike in new coronavirus cases in South Korea has prompted authorities to reimpose tighter social distancing curbs in Seoul, but that didn’t stop thousands of demonstrators from protesting against President Moon Jae-in’s policies. For the second day in a row in over four months, the country has reported a sudden jump […]

South Korea reports 76 new coronavirus cases, total 9,037

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reported 76 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, maintaining a downward trend in new infections which raised hopes that Asia’s largest outbreak outside China may be slowing. The daily tally brought the country’s total infections to 9,037, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The death toll […]

South Korea reports 87 new coronavirus cases, total 8,652: KCDC

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reported 87 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total national infections to 8,652, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said. The daily tally for new infections has been trending downward over the past week, despite a slight uptick on Thursday as small-scale outbreaks continued to emerge […]

South Korea designates regions hit hardest by coronavirus as disaster zones

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea on Sunday reported 76 new coronavirus cases and three deaths, marking the first time in over three weeks that new cases have dropped to double-digits, as President Moon Jae-in declared the hardest hit provinces “special disaster zones”. It is the first time South Korea has declared a region a disaster […]

Sanitizers get priority over South Korea's soju drink in virus crisis

SEOUL (Reuters) – Makers of soju, South Korea’s national drink and one of the world’s best selling spirits, are jumping into the fight on the largest outbreak of coronavirus outside China by sharing their stockpiles of alcohol with makers of sanitizers. Disinfectants, such as hand sanitizers, are flying off the shelves, along with medical-grade masks, […]