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COVID-19 changing daily lives of S. Korean workers Updated: 2020-03-01 15:29:05 KST


The fast-spreading novel coronavirus is changing the daily lives of corporate workers in South Korea.
Business trips are being postponed, and get-togethers are being cancelled.

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"The workshop that was scheduled for the beginning of the year was cancelled, and most departments are cutting down on socializing together after work. People are refining from get-togethers as much as possible."

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"There were official instructions from the company to wear masks even indoors, and to frequently wash our hands. Hand sanitizer has been provided everywhere."

Especially with the number of firms reported to be experiencing disruptions --due to their employees being infected, companies across the nation are on high alert to minimize any possible fallout from the virus.

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"Many companies in South Korea have installed heat detection cameras at their main entrances to detect high body temperatures."

South Korea's SK Group decided to minimize the number of employees at its main office by advising some staff to work from home starting Tuesday.
Some SK companies, such as SK Innovation and SK Telecom, advised staff to come to work by 10 AM on Tuesday, to minimize contact with other people during rush hour commutes.
LG has also taken preventive measures to contain the virus.

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"LG Electronics is prohibiting all outsiders from entering domestic and overseas business sites, as a measure to prevent the spread of the virus. The company is also helping workers who are pregnant, and those who need to take care of their children due to school closures, by allowing them to work from home for two weeks."

LG Electronics also says that it's making employees who commute from Daegu to work from home.
With the number of coronavirus infections spiking day by day in the nation, these changes look set to be in place for some time.
Kim Jae-hee, Arirang News.
Reporter : jhee@arirang.com
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