Korea Ends Indoor Mask Mandate
Koreans took a big step in their slow return to normal on Monday morning, when the indoor mask mandate ended more than two years after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Most other countries scrapped the mask mandate months ago. Masks no longer have to be worn in schools, community centers, gyms and restaurants.
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NATIONAL/POLITICS
Most Winter Traffic Accidents Occur in the Morning
Insurers brace themselves for a flood of claims in the winter as snow and ice drastically increase the risk of accidents. A study over the last three years finds that an average of 3,363 traffic accidents are reported on snowy days, 18 percent more than on clear days.
NORTH KOREA
N.Korean Workers Flee from Russia to S.Korea
Nine North Korean laborers in Russia fled their work site and reached South Korea last year. They reportedly told questioners here that they were afraid to be sent to fight in Russia's invasion of Ukraine. They are all men in their 20s through 50s.
BUSINESS
Banks Resume Normal Operating Hours
Bank resumed normal opening hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. The hours were shortened from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. a year and three months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.