2 South Korean K-Pop singers sentenced to prison for gang rape

Robie de Guzman   •   November 29, 2019   •   1959

(FILE) – South Korean K-pop star Jung Joon-young (C-R) arrives at the Seoul District Court in Seoul, South Korea, 21 March 2019 (reissued 29 November 2019). K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon were sentenced on 29 November to six and five years in jail respectively on charges of gang raping a drunk women. Jung Joon-young was also charged with filming the sexual assaults and distributing the footage on a group chat. EPA-EFE/KIM CHUL-SOO

Seoul – South Korean singers Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon were sentenced to six and five years in prison respectively on Friday for gang rapes committed in 2016.

Jung was also convicted for recording and distributing videos of himself having sex with women.

The Seoul Central District Court found that both men participated in gang rapes of women, who were unconscious or semi-unconscious, at two parties held in 2016 in Hongcheon – a city in the northeastern Gangwon Province – and in the city of Daegu, about 230 kilometers (143 miles) southeast of Seoul.

The other three people who participated in the rapes received sentences of four years, five years and eight months in prison, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

Jung, who became famous through a TV music show, received a longer sentence than Choi – former member of band FT Island- for secretly taking pictures of 10 women he had sex with and sharing them on an instant messaging group.

Some other artists from the South Korean entertainment industry were also part of this group, in which they joked about drugging and raping women.

The content of this chat group was discovered during an investigation into Seungri, a former member of the well-known band Big Bang accused of facilitating prostitution services, at a nightclub in Seoul for potential investors in his businesses in 2015.

The sentences for the two singers came a few days after the alleged suicide of K-Pop singer Goo Hara.

Before her death, her former partner, Choi Jong-bum, had threatened to publish intimate videos of her.

Another South Korean singer, Sulli, also committed suicide after facing cyber-harassment for posing topless, another example of machismo and misogyny in the South Korean music industry. EFE-EPA

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South Korea reports fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases for first time since February 29 peak

UNTV News   •   April 6, 2020

South Korea reported fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases for the first time since its peak at the end of February as daily infections in Asia’s largest outbreak outside China continued a downward trend.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Monday (April 6) there were 47 new infections as of midnight on Sunday (April 5) compared with 81 recorded a day earlier, taking the national cumulative tally to 10,284.

But officials urged even greater vigilance, saying a large epidemic could reemerge at any time, with smaller outbreaks in churches, hospitals and nursing homes, as well as infections among travelers, continuing to arise.

A fall in daily demand for tests to some 6,000 from around 10,000 over the weekend contributed to the decline in numbers, Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said. (REUTERS CONNECT)

2 more Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 in South Korea

Marje Pelayo   •   April 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Seoul, confirms two more Filipino nationals have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number to three.

The first Filipino COVID-19 case was confirmed on March 20 while the two new cases, who are family members of the first patient, were confirmed positive for the disease on April 1.

They were tested twice for the disease with their second test yielding positive results.

They are now confined in isolation.

The Embassy assures close coordination with the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and local health authorities and stands ready to provide assistance to the COVID-19 positive Filipino nationals as needed.

South Korea ranks 15th among countries in the world with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, based on the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center.

The three Filipinos are now among the 9,976 COVID-19 cases in South Korea.

As of this posting, the number of fatality in the country is at 169 while 5,828 others have recovered.

Hospitals in Daegu struggle amid rapid spread of the virus

UNTV News   •   March 6, 2020

Hospitals in Daegu, a city at the centre of South Korea’s coronavirus spread, have been struggling with lack of medical resources and manpower.

The country has confirmed a total of 6,284 coronavirus cases on Friday (March 6), up by 196 cases from late Thursday (March 5). The Korea Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention also said seven more deaths from the virus were reported, bringing the total to 42.

Most cases were in and around Daegu, the country’s fourth-largest city, where the virus has spread rapidly through members of a fringe Christian group.

“The most difficult part is that there aren’t enough medical resources to deal with COVID-19, especially quarantine treatment facilities. There are also (many) medical staff who are being quarantined and there aren’t enough manpower or resources,” said Ryu Hyun-wook, chief of emergency room at Kyungpook University Hospital.

“It depends on what you do, but as of right now it’s true that almost all positions, including administrative ones, don’t get enough time off. But as the situation is dire, we’re pushing through and working hard.”

In Daegu, about 1,800 people were waiting to be admitted to hospitals and temporary medical facilities, Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said on Friday. (Reuters)

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