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Drug Trafficking via International Shipping Surges in S. Korea amid Pandemic

Drug Trafficking via International Shipping Surges in S. Korea amid Pandemic

SEOUL, April 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Drug trafficking using international shipping has sharply increased as overseas travel became nearly impossible and online purchases went up amid the coronavirus pandemic, a local customs office said Tuesday. The Incheon Main Customs said it busted 189 cases of drug smuggling into South Korea in the first quarter of [...]

Number of Unemployment Benefit Recipients Hits Record High in March amid Pandemic

Number of Unemployment Benefit Recipients Hits Record High in March amid Pandemic

SEOUL, April 12 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of unemployment benefit recipients reached a new monthly record in March, due mainly to the prolonged negative impact of coronavirus pandemic on the economy, government data showed Monday. According to the Ministry of Employment and Labor, the government paid job-seeking benefits, also dubbed unemployment allowance, to 759,000 [...]

Seoul Pushes for Virus Restrictions of its Own to Protect Small Businesses

Seoul Pushes for Virus Restrictions of its Own to Protect Small Businesses

SEOUL, April 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Newly elected Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said Monday the city will look for ways to allow small businesses, hurt by prolonged COVID-19 restrictions, to operate longer hours and asked the central government to approve COVID-19 self-testing kits to support the plan. “Many neighborhood businesses, which are the backbone of Seoul’s [...]