Stars and Stripes: South Korea’s coronavirus count hits all-time high due to warship with more than 80% of crew infected

Stars and Stripes: South Korea’s coronavirus count hits all-time high due to warship with more than 80% of crew infected. “The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 1,842 new patients, the highest daily uptick since the pandemic began in January 2020. That’s up from 1,784 infections Wednesday and 1,600 infections a week earlier.”

Aju Business Daily: Hanjin to demonstrate street view database service using cameras installed on delivery trucks

Aju Business Daily: Hanjin to demonstrate street view database service using cameras installed on delivery trucks . “The transportation and logistics service wing of South Korea’s Hanjin Group will kick-start a demonstration to build up the database of street images using cameras installed on delivery trucks. Filmed images will be processed for digital map and other information services including virtual reality and augmented reality.”

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea to inject 50 bln won into animation industry

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea to inject 50 bln won into animation industry . 50 billion won is a little more than $44 million US. “In addition to injecting more funds into the industry, the five-year plan also includes plans to diversify animations, which are currently largely concentrated on films for toddlers and children. The government also plans to beef up commercial support by expanding channels for animation distribution and helping companies make merchandise based on animations. The plan also includes setting up a digital archive for animation sources.”

Pulse: S. Korea to build national bio big data library by 2028

Pulse: S. Korea to build national bio big data library by 2028. “South Korea will spend some 1 trillion won ($891 million) for six years from 2023 on collecting health-related big data from patients by disease and volunteers and establishing a national digital library on health data by 2028. Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said Wednesday the government will establish the so-called Bio Data Dam by 2028 by collecting biohealth information from 1 million people, including some 400,000 patients.”

Pulse: Naver to enhance internet search engine to fend off Google’s ascent in Korea

Pulse: Naver to enhance internet search engine to fend off Google’s ascent in Korea. “South Korean internet giant Naver Corp. will update its internet search platform that takes up more than 50 percent of its total revenue, with a deep learning-based new search feature that finds information reflecting user intent next month to defend its dominance internet search market from Google.”

KBS World: Digital Archive on Japan’s Wartime Sexual Slavery to be Set up in UCLA

KBS World: Digital Archive on Japan’s Wartime Sexual Slavery to be Set up in UCLA. “A digital archive with translated primary sources and documentary evidence on Japan’s wartime sexual slavery is set to be established at the University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA). Comfort Women Action for Redress and Education(CARE), an advocacy group for the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery, said Tuesday that the online archive will be set up at UCLA’s Center for Korean Studies as early as July. ”

Korea Times: Envoys connect through social media challenges during pandemic

Korea Times: Envoys connect through social media challenges during pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed lifestyle in many ways, and the lives of ambassadors in Korea are no exception. Their calendars used to be jam-packed with events as they communicated with other diplomats as well as public and private figures of the country. But the pandemic and social distancing rules have forced the canceling of events or limiting the number of guests, making networking difficult. Instead of clinking glasses at events, foreign diplomats in Korea are finding new ways to communicate though social media and share a positive influence.”

AFP Factcheck: Facebook users in South Korea share misleading advice outlining ‘how to refuse’ Covid-19 vaccinations

AFP Factcheck: Facebook users in South Korea share misleading advice outlining ‘how to refuse’ Covid-19 vaccinations. “As South Korean lawmakers debate new legislation that would stipulate how Covid-19 vaccines should be administered in the country, some South Korean social media users shared posts which claimed citizens can refuse to be vaccinated based on two medical ethic codes. The claim, however, lacks important context: the two ethics codes — the Oath of Hippocrates and the Declaration of Geneva — do not relate to a patient’s rights and are not legally binding.”

Washington Post: The difference in how the pandemic has affected the U.S. and South Korea remains staggering

Washington Post: The difference in how the pandemic has affected the U.S. and South Korea remains staggering. “The last time the population-adjusted rate of new cases in the United States was less than twice that of South Korea was March 18. The last time we were seeing less than 10 times as many new cases as a function of population was March 23. Over the past month, we’ve averaged 100 times as many new cases per resident each day, even as South Korea has seen an increase in its daily case totals.”

Korea Herald: Korea to tighten grip on global internet giants amid service complaints

The Korea Herald: Korea to tighten grip on global internet giants amid service complaints. “A law revision set to take effect next week will tighten rules for data-hungry internet giants, such as Netflix Inc., amid growing calls for stable services. Earlier this week, the Cabinet passed an amendment to the ordinance of the Telecommunication Business Act, stipulating that online content service providers are responsible for providing stable services to users.”

Washington Post: Japan and South Korea see surge of suicides among young women, raising new questions about pandemic stress

Washington Post: Japan and South Korea see surge of suicides among young women, raising new questions about pandemic stress. “Suicide rates among young women have increased notably in Japan and South Korea, raising possible links to the prolonged coronavirus pandemic as it amplifies stress levels, worsens economic woes and aggravates feelings of loneliness and isolation.”

Covid: South Korea raises alert level amid spike in cases (BBC)

BBC: Covid: South Korea raises alert level amid spike in cases. “South Korea is raising its Covid-19 alert levels, as it battles a rise in infections. Gatherings of more than 50 will be banned in the capital Seoul and surrounding areas from Tuesday, while gyms and karaoke bars be closed. On Sunday 631 new infections were reported in one day, the highest number in nine months.”