World South Korea: The rise in coronavirus cases pushes the authorities to cure restrictions
South Korea's ex-dictator Chun: the 'Butcher of Gwangju'
South Korean dictator Chun Doo-hwan brutally crushed opponents until mass demonstrations forced him out, and remains among the country's most reviled figures despite being its first president to hand over power peacefully. While in power, he also survived a North Korean assassination attempt. During a state visit to Myanmar in 1983, agents tried to kill him by bombing a ceremony at a memorial to Aung San -- the assassinated Burmese independence hero and father of Aung San Suu Kyi.
One of the model democracies in the epidemic struggle is experiencing its record record on Wednesday, December 1st. South Korea and 50 million inhabitants have, for the first time, exceeded the figure of 5,000 daily infections. Despite a vaccination rate around 80%, this increase in cases as a result of the relief of sanitary restrictions places the authorities in a complicated situation.
of our correspondent in Seoul, Nicolas Rocca
One month just after his change of strategy against the epidemic, South Korea reached the landing of 5,000 cases. Do not exceed this symbolic figure was a condition for a possible new relief of restrictions.
South Korea raises rates to tackle inflation
It is the latest such move as soaring prices threaten to destabilise the post-pandemic recovery.The Bank of Korea's quarter of a percentage point hike to 1% was widely expected by economists.
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While less than 3,700 South Koreans have died of CVIV-19 since the beginning of The pandemic, the record increase in recent times places the health authorities in the face of an unprecedented challenge. The number of serious cases also skyrocketed, especially in the elderly who have just been eligible for a third dose.Fear of the Omicron Variant
The resuscitation beds of public hospitals are close to saturation, especially in Seoul. The various indicators do not encourage optimism on the background of fear of the entry of the Omicron Variant, which has not yet officially detected in the country, despite several suspect cases.
The borders are closed for foreigners from eight countries of the South African continent but President Moon Jae-in ordered yesterday to tighten the entrance measures in South Korea. However, according to some officials contacted by RFI, it seems hardly conceivable to ban the entrance of South Korea from all countries where the new variant has been detected.
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South Korea exports soar as Omicron looms .
South Korea’s exports in November were the largest monthly figure on record, driven by rising prices and volumes.Exports in November soared 32.1 percent from a year earlier, the sharpest since August and largely beating the 27.7 percent growth seen in a Reuters poll. That also marked a ninth-straight month of double-digit expansion.