Headlines, March 24, 2020
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Headlines, March 24, 2020
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Round-up of important news from major Korean dailies and from international media today

The Korea Post (http://www.koreapost.com/)

‘The Government has unquestionably transitioned to emergency mode’
“The Government has unquestionably transitioned to emergency mode. The Emergency Economic Council will go into high gear from today. This Council will play the role of a central economic response headquarters like the Central Disease Control Headquarters.” These remarks were made by President Moon Jae-in on March 19, 2020. Excerpts follow:

‘Algeria takes effective measures combat the spread of COVID-19’
Coronavirus Diseases (COVID)-19 is playing havoc to many countries of the world, especially in China, and now even the United States of America. In Korea, the government authorities are seen to be doing well and the latest figures (as of March 23, 2020) 8,961 confirmed cases, 111 diceased, and 3,166 recovered and released from hospitals. Among many countries of the world, the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria seems to be doing well in combating one of the most dreaded contagious diseases of the world. Here are excerpts from an interview with Ambassador Mohammed El Amine Derragui of Algeria in Seoul:

‘Political dialogue between 2 countries excellent with trade, economic exchanges increasing steadily’
President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and Head of State Rumen Radev of the Republic of Bulgaria on March 23, 2020 addressed each other congratulatory a message on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The political dialogue between the two friendly countries has been excellent and bilateral trade and economic exchange has been increasing steadily. Regardless of the geographical distance separating them, Bulgaria and Korea are maintaining close ties enshrined in a common vision of a world governed by a rules-based cooperation, respect for human rights and sustainable development.

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KBS (http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/)

Trump: Asian Americans Not Responsible for Virus, Need Protection
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Asian Americans should not be blamed for the novel coronavirus and they need protection. Trump tweeted that "it is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States, and all around the world." Calling Asian Americans "amazing people," Trump said that the spread of the virus is not their fault in any way, shape, or form.

Gov't Considers Postponing This Year's College Entrance Exam by 'Couple of Weeks'
The government is reportedly mulling over postponing this year's college entrance exam by a couple of weeks as the opening of the spring semester was pushed to April to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The state-administered College Scholastic Ability Test(CSAT) is scheduled for November 19, but concerns are rising as the beginning of the school year has been postponed by more than one month to April 6.

Top Diplomats of S. Korea, Netherlands Discuss COVID-19 Cooperation
The top diplomats of South Korea and the Netherlands held talks over the phone on Monday and discussed responses and cooperation to cope with the global spread of the novel coronavirus. In the telephone talks, made at the Netherlands' request, Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that although Korea has seen a decline in daily new infections, the country has been actively taking measures to prevent the inflow of COVID-19 from overseas and community transmission.

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Yonhap (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr)

Stricter containment steps necessary for U.S. arrivals: experts
While South Korea has been implementing strict quarantine measures against arrivals from Europe, there are also growing calls that the country needs to apply stepped-up quarantine steps such as virus tests on passengers coming from the United States, medical experts said Tuesday. South Korea in recent weeks has been focusing on stemming imported virus cases after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization earlier this month.

Trump calls for protecting Asian-Americans after using term 'Chinese virus'
U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that Asian Americans should be protected amid reports of racist attacks fueled by the coronavirus pandemic. Trump's expression of support comes after he has repeatedly used the term "Chinese virus" despite criticism it encourages racism. "It is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States, and all around the world," he tweeted. "They are amazing people, and the spreading of the Virus is NOT their fault in any way, shape, or form. They are working closely with us to get rid of it. WE WILL PREVAIL TOGETHER!"

S. Korea calls on citizens to cancel or postpone overseas trips over coronavirus
South Korea issued a "special travel advisory" Monday calling on its citizens to cancel or postpone their trips abroad over the spread of the new coronavirus, the foreign ministry said. The special travel advisory, effective as of Monday, applies to all countries except those that are already under higher alerts that call for withdrawal of citizens or are subject to a travel ban. It also calls for people who are staying outside of Korea to take extra caution for their safety.

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The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)

Korea reports lowest daily increase in coronavirus cases since Feb. 20
South Korea reported the lowest daily increase in coronavirus cases in a month on Monday as the government ramped up measures to contain the number of infections arriving from abroad. Total cases in the country reached 8,961, up 64 from the previous day. Of the new cases, 14, or 21.9 percent, involved travelers arriving from abroad, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was the lowest daily increase since 35 new cases were found on Feb. 20.

S. Koreans stranded in Peru to be evacuated this week
Around 200 South Korean nationals stranded in Peru after the country sealed its borders and halted all flights amid the global coronavirus pandemic will be able to return home on a charter flight this week. The flight, operated by Mexican airline Aeromexico, is set to take off from Lima on Thursday afternoon and arrive at Incheon International Airport, according to the Korean Embassy in Peru on Monday.

‘Experience from MERS made Korea’s COVID-19 test kits possible’
The outbreak and containment of the novel coronavirus in South Korea have drawn international attention to the country’s ready use of real-time polymerase chain reaction test kits. Korea has allowed for the emergency use of new RT-PCR kits, with which the nation is conducting around 10,000 tests daily at some 90 collaborating research labs, according to the Korean Society of Laboratory Medicine.

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The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)

Tokyo Olympics will be postponed, IOC member confirms
The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games because of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC member Dick Pound said on Monday, as a window slowly began to open that would allow the showcase to be staged next year. Major sporting nations Australia and Canada had already withdrawn on Monday as organisers came under global pressure to postpone the event for the first time in its 124-year modern history.

Face of notorious child porn suspect revealed
More than 2 million people have signed an online petition as of Monday demanding the government unveil the identity of a man who allegedly ran a group chat room where photos and videos of violent sex acts, involving underaged victims, were distributed. At least 74 victims are known to have been exploited in the so-called Nth room case, in which a man surnamed Cho allegedly lured victims into taking naked photos and later threatened and exploited them into more gruesome sex acts.

Foreigners dump Samsung Electronics amid virus-fueled recession fears
Foreign ownership of Samsung Electronics Co. has fallen to a 13-month low amid offshore investors' selling binge sparked by fears over a coronavirus-induced global economic recession, data showed Tuesday. Foreign investors owned 55.37 percent of Samsung Electronics, the world's No. 1 smartphone and memory chipmaker, as of Friday, according to the data from the Korea Exchange.

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HanKyoReh Shinmun (http://english.hani.co.kr)

S. Korean government advises closure of religious, sports, nightlife establishments for 2 weeks
The South Korean government has rolled out a tougher series of “social distancing” measures, set to take effect over the next two weeks, as it strongly recommends the temporary closure of religious, sports, and nightlife establishments. While the rate of increase in cases of COVID-19 remains stable for now, a third wave of transmission in the Greater Seoul region could cause the outbreak to rage out of control, as happened in Europe, the government fears.

S. Korea’s story from coronavirus nightmare to exemplar for countermeasures and prevention
The dramatic twists and turns in South Korea’s fight against COVID-19 are drawing global attention. While the disease was raging in China, South Korea had been trying to prevent it from spreading domestically since the end of January. But its efforts seemed to fail when cases soared in late February following mass transmission among followers of the Shincheonji religious sect. Global media attention turned to South Korea as the government seemed helpless to prevent the surge in cases connected to Shincheonji. Countries around the world started taking defensive measures against South Korea.

Seoul-based church offers “drive-in” service in Paju
As most religious establishments have suspended on-site services to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus, one Seoul-based church held a “drive-in” service with attendees remaining in their vehicles at an outdoor drive-in theater in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, on Mar. 22. It’s a new example of the forms of “social distancing” that are being practiced to halt the virus’s spread. Sixty-five vehicles pulled up around 1 pm on Mar. 22 at the Jayu (Freedom) Road Car Theater in Tongil Dongsan Park of Paju’s Tanhyeon township. Around 240 people attended in their cars in family units of two to four.

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Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)

Koreans Flee U.S. over Coronavirus
Korean students and expats are fleeing the U.S. as a coronavirus lockdown there looms. Students are heading back to Korea in droves as schools and universities have shut down and switched to online lectures. Many say they are willing to pay for expensive plane tickets to return to Korea. Surging infections in the U.S. and concerns over inadequate quarantine efforts are compounded by fears that Korea may soon close its borders to travelers from that part of the world.

Ministers to Accept 30% Pay Cut
A Cabinet meeting on Saturday decided on a 30-percent pay cut for ministers and vice ministers for the next four months. A government source said that also applies to President Moon Jae-in and Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun. "The measure is aimed at sharing the pain caused by the coronavirus epidemic," the official added. According to the Prime Minister's Office, around 140 senior public servants with an average monthly salary of W11 million will be affected by the measure (US$1=W1,245). The government will save around W462 million this month alone.

Cinema Attendance Continues to Fall Due to Coronavirus
Cinema attendance is continuing to fall amid the coronavirus epidemic with the daily figure below 100,000 even during the weekend. According to the Korean Film Council, the number of moviegoers on March 21 was 72,679, down nearly 30,000 from 102,321 on March 14, after falling to 89,076 on March 15.

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The Dong-A Ilbo (http://english.donga.com/)

Abe mentions postponement of Olympic Games for the first time
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mentioned Monday the possibility of postponing the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics for the first time in an official setting. In fact, a postponement seems to be in the offing with the International Olympic Committee, an organization with the final say on this decision, and Japan both speaking of the possibility of postponement. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have declared to boycott the Tokyo Olympics should it be held in July as scheduled.

Lee Hae-chan hints at the possibility of working with Open Minjoo
Lee Hae-chan, the leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, hinted at the possibility of working with Open Minjoo, which is led by Son Hye-won and Jung Bong-ju, after the general elections. This is in contrast with the criticism his fellow party member voiced the previous day over Open Minjoo’s nomination process.

Celltrion plans to enter clinical trial of cure for COVID-19
Local biotech companies have taken their first step to developing the vaccine and cure for the novel coronavirus dubbed COVID-19. Industry professionals are taking on a cautious stance, however, as there are many hurdles to overcome. According to Celltrion, a biopharmaceutical company in South Korea, Monday, it has found 300 candidate substances for the antibody that will suppress the novel coronavirus. This is effectively the first stage in developing a cure, and the next step is to select the most promising candidate. Celltrion said it hopes to begin clinical trials as early as in July.

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The KyungHyang Shinmun (http://english.khan.co.kr/)

Paid Subscribers of Sexual Exploitation in Room N “Can Also Be Punished as Accomplices in Sexual Violence”
hen Jo (25), who distributed videos sexually exploiting women in the Telegram “doctor’s room,” was arrested, many people advertised that they could delete Telegram activity logs. The public is now raising its voice demanding the government to disclose the personal information of Jo, the main culprit, and the members of “Room N.” Some experts believe the court will be able to apply specific articles to punish some members as accomplices in sexual violence.

A Hesitant Government May Miss the “Golden” Opportunity Despite Warnings of the Worst Layoffs
The majority of economic experts claim that the economic impact of COVID-19 on our economy will be bigger than what the nation experienced during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The household economy will first collapse from the bottom, such as day workers, employees of small businesses, and the self-employed. Then in April, a massive “storm of layoffs” is expected to hit companies. The problem is that the government response is passive in the face of such a major crisis.

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Maeil Business News Korea (http://www.pulsenews.co.kr/)

Celltrion secures candidate antibodies to fight COVID-19, aims for clinical test in late July
South Korea’s top biosimilar developer Celltrion Inc. has successfully secured candidate antibodies to fight COVID-19, which is now a pandemic, earlier than expected and aims to initiate a clinical test of its cure in late July, the company`s chairman vowed on Monday. Celltrion has built a library of 300 candidate antibodies to be tested for their potential capacity to neutralize COVID-19, the company’s chairman Seo Jeong-jin said on YouTube livestreamed Monday afternoon.

LG Uplus inks deal with Hong Kong’s telco giant to supply 5G content
South Korea’s telecommunications company LG Uplus Corp. continued with outward advance with its 5G hardware and software. LG Uplus said it established a strategic partnership with Hong Kong Telecom under Hong Kong’s leading ICT group PCCW to supply VR content. It was the second time that the company signed a contract to export its 5G content, following a deal with China Telecom in October last year.

3D design becomes essential in precision manufacturing: Dassault Systèmes chief
Dassault Systemes, one of the world’s biggest software companies, is at the core of today’s design tasks in the manufacturing and infrastructure sector ranging from Cartier watches to Uber’s latest mobility concept to smart city projects, as its 3D design and 3D digital mock-up provide users superiority in speed, engagement and collaboration, precision and more.

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What’s ticking around the world at this second?
See what the world media around the world have to report:


USA Today www.usatoday.com aallman@gannett.com
The New York Times www.nytimes.com inytletters@nytimes.com
Wall Street Journal www.wsj.com support@wsj.com, service@wsj-asia.com
Financial Times www.ft.com ean@ft.com
The Times www.thetimes.co.uk help@timesplus.co.uk
The Sun www.thesun.co.uk talkback@the-sun.co.uk
Chinese People's Daily www.people.com.cn kf@people.cn
China Daily www.chinadaily.com.cn circulation@chinadaily.com.cn
GwangmyeongDaily www.gmw.cn webmaster@gmw.cn
Japan's Yomiuri www.yomiuri.co.jp japannews@yomiuri.com
Asahi www.asahi.com customer-support@asahi.com
Mainichi www.mainichi.jp
Le Monde www.ilemonde.com
Italy LaRepubblica www.quotidiano.repubblica.it vittorio.zucconi@gmail.com
Germany Frankfurter AllgemeineZeitung www.faz.net anzeigen.ausland@faz.de
SüddeutscheZeitung www.sueddeutsche.de forum@sueddeutsche.de
Australia Brisbane Times www.brisbanetimes.com.au syndication@fairfaxmedia.com.au
Sydney Morning Herald www.smh.com.au
Colombia Reports http://colombiareports.com
Bogota Free Planet http://bogotafreeplanet.combfp@bogotafreeplanet.com
El Universal http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/english
Andes http://www.andes.info.ec/en
Ecuador Times http://www.ecuadortimes.net
The Jordan Times https://www.jordantimes.com
LSM.lv http://www.lsm.lv/en
The Baltic Times http://www.baltictimes.com, lithuania@baltictimes.com,
estonia@baltictimes.com, editor@baltictimes.com

El Pais http://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html
Philippine Daily Inquirer https://www.inquirer.net
Daily News Hungary http://dailynewshungary.com
Budapest Times http://budapesttimes.hu
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The Korea Post is running video clips from the different embassies.
Azerbaijan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR8CBpcQ4WM
Sri Lanka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hByX92Y2aGY&t=22s
Morocco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfFmp2sVvSE
And many other countries.
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