• Gyeonggi Province Offers Universal Pandemic Relief
Shoppers buy fruits and other agricultural products at a traditional market in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province. 
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A several local governments in South Korea have decided to offer universal pandemic relief funds to all their residents.

The move comes as the central government began providing the cash handouts last week to people in the bottom 88 percent income bracket.

The Gyeonggi Province Council announced on Wednesday it will pay the same amount of relief funds even to the top 12 percent income earners.

Nearly 30 other local government, including South Chungcheong's Nonsan, Gyeoryong, Seosan and Gongju and Cheorwon County in Gangwon Province, have also decided to adopt the universal disaster relief policy.

The Moon Jae-in administration embarked on the selective payments worth 250,000 won per person on September 6 as part of an 11 trillion-won cash payout program to help ordinary people cope with the fallout from the ongoing pandemic and boost domestic consumption.

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