Excess Mortality Spikes Due to COVID
Almost 50,000 people have died of or with COVID-19 since the pandemic started in Korea in early 2020, and excess mortality reached a new record in March. Excess mortality, or the number of deaths in excess of the 10-year average for the time of year, stood at 18,818 between the first and fifth weeks of March, when the Omicron variant was raging. It was the highest monthly record since statistic began in 1983.
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NATIONAL/POLITICS
Gov't Belatedly Recognizes Murder of Fisheries Official
The government has belatedly recognized the murder at sea by North Korean soldiers of a South Korean fisheries official in 2020. That paves the way for family of the 47-year-old man to take legal action against the government.
NORTH KOREA
N.Korea Asks China for Urgent COVID Assistance
North Korea has asked China for urgent help to fight the coronavirus pandemic, sources said Monday. "Chinese authorities have recruited 400 truck drivers in Liaoning Province to give medical assistance to North Korea," a source said.
BUSINESS
Korean Stocks Plunge to Historic Lows
According to the Korea Exchange on Sunday, 160 out of 940 stocks listed on the Korea Composite Stock Price Index fell to their 52-week lows over the past year, as did 343 out of 1,577 stocks on the junior Kosdaq.