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New virus cases below 1,500 for third day amid preparations for return to normalcy
New virus cases below 1,500 for third day amid preparations for return to normalcy
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South Korea's new COVID-19 cases stayed below 1,500 for the third consecutive day Tuesday, less than a week to go before the beginning of a gradual return to normal life with eased social distancing rules. The country added 1,266 more COVID-19 cases, including 1,246 local infections, raising the total caseload to 354,355, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). The latest tally inched up from 1,190 new cases reported the previous day, though it remained under 1,500
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 Military loosens rules on haircut amid discrimination concerns
Military loosens rules on haircut amid discrimination concerns
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The military said Monday that it would ease regulations on conscripts’ hair length and introduce the same standards for both officers and troops, amid calls for a change in discriminatory practices. “We were asked to review our rules on haircuts, and to that end, we instructed each branch of the armed forces to draft revisions. We can’t say when the change will take effect, though,” Defense Ministry representative Boo Seung-chan said, referring to an advisory panel on hu
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