Korean visa application period to shorten in February

Marje Pelayo   •   January 24, 2020   •   495

MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos who want to visit South Korea will soon get their visit visa in a period of three weeks or less.

The Embassy of South Korea in the Philippines announced that it is cutting the processing time for Korean visa applications starting next month having additional staff to do the job.

 “By the end of February, current visa processing period of 25~27 days will be reduced to 10~15 days,” the Embassy said in an advisory.

The Embassy added the reduced processing period will be retained for March to April which is spring time in Korea, a peak season for travelers.

2 more Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 in South Korea

Marje Pelayo   •   April 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Seoul, confirms two more Filipino nationals have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number to three.

The first Filipino COVID-19 case was confirmed on March 20 while the two new cases, who are family members of the first patient, were confirmed positive for the disease on April 1.

They were tested twice for the disease with their second test yielding positive results.

They are now confined in isolation.

The Embassy assures close coordination with the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and local health authorities and stands ready to provide assistance to the COVID-19 positive Filipino nationals as needed.

South Korea ranks 15th among countries in the world with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, based on the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center.

The three Filipinos are now among the 9,976 COVID-19 cases in South Korea.

As of this posting, the number of fatality in the country is at 169 while 5,828 others have recovered.

Hospitals in Daegu struggle amid rapid spread of the virus

UNTV News   •   March 6, 2020

Hospitals in Daegu, a city at the centre of South Korea’s coronavirus spread, have been struggling with lack of medical resources and manpower.

The country has confirmed a total of 6,284 coronavirus cases on Friday (March 6), up by 196 cases from late Thursday (March 5). The Korea Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention also said seven more deaths from the virus were reported, bringing the total to 42.

Most cases were in and around Daegu, the country’s fourth-largest city, where the virus has spread rapidly through members of a fringe Christian group.

“The most difficult part is that there aren’t enough medical resources to deal with COVID-19, especially quarantine treatment facilities. There are also (many) medical staff who are being quarantined and there aren’t enough manpower or resources,” said Ryu Hyun-wook, chief of emergency room at Kyungpook University Hospital.

“It depends on what you do, but as of right now it’s true that almost all positions, including administrative ones, don’t get enough time off. But as the situation is dire, we’re pushing through and working hard.”

In Daegu, about 1,800 people were waiting to be admitted to hospitals and temporary medical facilities, Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said on Friday. (Reuters)

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South Korea has ‘entered war’ against coronavirus, says president

UNTV News   •   March 3, 2020

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

 South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday (March 3) that the country had ‘entered war’ against the coronavirus, as mass infections among a religious group and rapid spread of the disease threatened public health.

South Korea on Tuesday reported 600 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths from the virus, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

Moon also apologised for the lack of mask supplies during a Cabinet meeting.

The epidemic is the largest outside of China, with most of them centered in the city of Daegu, where a branch of the Shincheonji church at the centre of the outbreak is based. Many of the cases following the country’s 31st patient had ties to the congregation there. (South Korean Presidential Office via Reuters Connect)

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