tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do (BBC) UK To Announce Country List For Quarantine Exemptions http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394638&typ_800=M [Anchor] The British government has announced that it's scrapping the quarantine policy for passengers arriving in England from some countries deemed a lower coronavirus risk such as Spain, France, Italy and Germany. The BBC's Andy Moore reports. [Reporter] The government says it will publish a full list of countries exempt from the need to quarantine later today. Most passengers will still have to provide contact information on entry so that they can be traced if necessary. The government said it hopes people traveling to these exempted countries from England will not have to self-isolate but there is no guarantee of that. The Department of Transport says these changes apply only to travel into England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will set out their own approaches, which could mean travelers still having to self-quarantine. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Ron Chang 202007031834+0900 S. Korea Adds New Rules To Social Distancing Guidelines http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394637&typ_800=N South Korea has added new rules to its social distancing guidelines as clusters of coronavirus infections continue to spread. The Central Disaster Management Headquarters announced Friday that ceremonial events and job training programs should be conducted online or in small groups. Meanwhile, academic forums should be held on and offline concurrently, without offering group meals and promotional booths. Authorities are advising students against staying in school dormitories, while limiting such use to single-person rooms and restricting visitors. Passengers on buses, taxis and subways must keep their face masks on while talking on mobile phones. Meanwhile, people should wear masks before and after eating at restaurants. Reporter Hyeryeon Chung 202007031828+0900 Gwangju Reports 2 More Virus Cases, Raising Tally 86 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394636&typ_800=P The southwestern city of Gwangju reported two more coronavirus patients on Friday, raising its case count to 86. According to the Gwangju city government, the latest cases are tied to a church and nursing home. Mayor Lee Yong-seob urged residents to follow quarantine guidelines, stressing it may be difficult to recover if infections spread further. Since the outbreak began in the country in February, the city had a low number of infections, 33, for around five months. But in the past week it confirmed over 50 cases. Reporter Ron Chang 202007031823+0900 Human Rights Body Investigating Abuse Claims By Late Triathlete http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394634&typ_800=P The National Human Rights Commission on Friday said it is investigating abuse claims made by a young triathlete, a day before she took her own life. The commission said it received a petition on June 25 from the legal representative of the family of 22-year-old Choi Suk-hyeon, who was found dead the following day in her home. An NHRC official confirmed a special task force on human rights in sports has taken up the case. Choi's family filed a similar petition in February against the head coach of her semi-pro club at Gyeongju City Hall, a team physiotherapist and two senior teammates, but withdrew it later to launch criminal action. Gyeongju police forwarded Choi's case to prosecutors in May recommending indictment for the alleged abusers on charges of assault and extortion. The Daegu District Prosecutors Office said it has been investigating the case and plans to soon call in those facing allegations for questioning. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Hyeryeon Chung 202007031815+0900 Moon Reshuffles National Security Team Amid Tense Inter-Korean Ties http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394624&typ_800=N [Anchor] President Moon Jae-in has reshuffled his national security team. The move on Friday comes amid renewed tensions with North Korea. Ron Chang reports. [Reporter] According to presidential spokesman Kang Min-seok, Moon named former lawmaker Park Jie-won the new head of the National Intelligence Service. The spy agency's current chief, Suh Hoon, has been tapped as the director of Cheong Wa Dae's National Security Office. The president also appointed four-term ruling party lawmaker Lee In-young as unification minister. That post has been vacant for about two weeks since Kim Yeon-chul stepped down to take responsibility for the current state of inter-Korean relations after Pyongyang blew up their joint liason office in Kaesong. Moon also named his former Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok and Chung Eui-yong, the outgoing director of national security, as special advisers for diplomatic and security affairs. Chung has held his current position since Moon's inauguration in May 2017. The unification ministry and spy agency nominees are subject to parliamentary approval. <Photo: Yonhap News> Ron Chang 202007031724+0900 Moon Reshuffles National Security Team Amid Tense Inter-Korean Ties http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394621&typ_800=N [Anchor] President Moon Jae-in has reshuffled his national security team. The move on Friday comes amid renewed tensions with North Korea. Ron Chang reports. [Reporter] According to presidential spokesman Kang Min-seok, Moon named former lawmaker Park Jie-won the new head of the National Intelligence Service. The spy agency's current chief, Suh Hoon, has been tapped as the director of Cheong Wa Dae's National Security Office. The president also appointed four-term ruling party lawmaker Lee In-young as unification minister. That post has been vacant for about two weeks since Kim Yeon-chul stepped down to take responsibility for the current state of inter-Korean relations after Pyongyang blew up their joint liason office in Kaesong. Moon also named his former Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok and Chung Eui-yong, the outgoing director of national security, as special advisers for diplomatic and security affairs. Chung has held his current position since Moon's inauguration in May 2017. The unification ministry and spy agency nominees are subject to parliamentary approval. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Ron Chang 202007031721+0900 Prosecutors Discuss Justice Minister's Probe Intervention http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394620&typ_800=P The Supreme Prosecutors Office said on Friday it is holding internal discussions on how to respond to Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae's decision to intervene in a probe into an alleged collusion case. The meeting, led by Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, includes senior prosecutors from across the nation. On Thursday, Minister Choo exercised her authority to oversee the prosecution's investigation, ordering Yoon to suspend the convening of an expert advisory panel tasked with reviewing the case. She also instructed him to guarantee independence for the probe team handling the case at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office. The case centers on a reporter who is suspected of using his alleged close ties with prosecutor Han Dong-hoon, a close associate of Yoon, to pressure a jailed financier to divulge corrupt acts by a pro-government commentator. Due to Han and Yoon's presumably close ties, some suspect the convening of the advisory panel was a scheme to try and deter the ongoing investigation. It's unclear when the result of the prosecutors' meeting will come out. Reporter Rosyn Park 202007031721+0900 Moon Announces Appointments For Key National Security Posts http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394616&typ_800=N President Moon Jae-in is reshuffling his national security team amid recent tensions with North Korea and the resignation of Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul. Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok announced Friday former four-term lawmaker Park Jie-won was named as the new head of the National Intelligence Service, replacing Suh Hoon, who has been tapped as director of the National Security Office. The president also appointed four-term ruling Democraticy Party lawmaker Lee In-young as his next unification minister. Meanwhile, presidential chief of staff Im Jong-seok and outgoing national security adviser Chung Eui-yong have been named special advisers for diplomatic and security affairs. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Hyeryeon Chung 202007031657+0900 2020 National Sports Festival Postponed To Next Year http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394633&typ_800=N The 101st edition of the National Sports Festival, the country's largest athletic competition, has been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus outbreak. The decision was made Friday during a meeting between Sports Minister Park Yang-woo and the heads of five local governments, including this year's host, North Gyeongsang Province. North Gyeongsang will hold the festival in 2021, followed by South Jeolla in 2022 and South Gyeongsang a year after that. Minister Park thanked the provincial governments for their cooperation and agreeing to put off the competition by one year. Lee Kee-heung, chairman of the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee, also requested active support for the athletes who have been preparing to compete for the past year, so they don't suffer disadvantages due to the delay. <Image: Yonhap News> Ron Chang 202007031634+0900 2020 National Sports Festival Postponed To Next Year http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394613&typ_800=Q The 101st edition of the National Sports Festival, the country's largest athletic competition, has been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus outbreak. The decision was made Friday during a meeting between Sports Minister Park Yang-woo and the heads of five local governments, including this year's host, North Gyeongsang Province. North Gyeongsang will hold the festival in 2021, followed by South Jeolla in 2022 and South Gyeongsang a year after that. Minister Park thanked the provincial governments for their cooperation and agreeing to put off the competition by one year. Lee Kee-heung, chairman of the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee, also requested active support for the athletes who have been preparing to compete for the past year, so they don't suffer disadvantages due to the delay. <Image: Yonhap News> Reporter Ron Chang 202007031631+0900 Govt To Evaluate Quarantine Procedures For Countries Biweekly http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394612&typ_800=N As cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again worldwide, South Korea has decided to toughen its quarantine procedures for overseas arrivals. Kim Gang-lip, first chief coordinator at the Central Disaster Management Headquarters, on Friday announced the government aims to evaluate every two weeks the situation in each country and analyze related risks. Based on the reviews, Kim said the government plans to systematically categorize countries as either targeted for strengthened quarantine measures, under observation, or capable of expanding exchanges. The government has been implementing enhanced quarantine procedures such as visa restrictions and reducing international flights to minimize the influx of patients from countries experiencing a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. Reporter Rosyn Park 202007031627+0900 KCDC Chief Requests More Support To Deal With Long-Term Epidemic http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394604&typ_800=P The head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said she expects the COVID-19 outbreak to worsen in the fall and requested more personnel and equipment in the ongoing fight against the virus. Appearing on a local radio show guest hosted by Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, KCDC chief Jung Eun-kyeong stressed the need for the general public to stick to quarantine guidelines and more hospital beds to treat patients. She told Mayor Park there are many aspects of the coronavirus that are still unknown, noting that asymptomatic cases are also a big problem. On the use of the experimental COVID-19 medication remdesivir, she said it has already been administered to around nine patients in critical condition. Jeong added the KCDC is in talks with its developer, the U.S.-based Gilead Sciences, to procure more doses. Reporter Ron Chang 202007031607+0900 June 2020 Hottest On Record In S. Korea http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394632&typ_800=N Last month was the hottest June on record in South Korea. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration Friday, the highest temperature was 28 degrees Celsius while the average was 22.8 degrees. They marked the highest readings since related data was first compiled in 1973. Compared to previous years, the readings were 1.5 degrees and 1.6 degrees hotter, respectively. This June also saw two days of heat waves, another record, and the mercury dropped to 18.4 degrees for the lowest level since 2013. Ron Chang 202007031425+0900 June 2020 Hottest On Record In S. Korea http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394577&typ_800=P Last month was the hottest June on record in South Korea. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration Friday, the highest temperature was 28 degrees Celsius while the average was 22.8 degrees. They marked the highest readings since related data was first compiled in 1973. Compared to previous years, the readings were 1.5 degrees and 1.6 degrees hotter, respectively. This June also saw two days of heat waves, another record, and the mercury dropped to 18.4 degrees for the lowest level since 2013. Reporter Ron Chang 202007031425+0900 2.3 Magnitude Quake Hits Near Yeongwol County http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3394631&typ_800=N A 2.3 magnitude quake hit Gangwon Province on Friday. The Korea Meteorological Administration said the temblor was detected at 1:59 p.m., 22 kilometers east of Yeongwol County. Some local residents felt shaking, according to the agency. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. Ron Chang 202007031424+0900