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The Latest: South Korea Has Biggest Case Jump in a Week | World News

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 114 new cases of the coronavirus, its first daily jump of over 100 in a week.

Health officials had raised concerns that infections will rise because of increased travel during the five-day Chuseok harvest holiday that ended Sunday.

The figures released by health officials Wednesday brought South Korea’s case total to 24,353 for the pandemic, including 425 deaths.

Ninety-two of the newly confirmed cases were in the Seoul metropolitan area, which has been at the center of a viral resurgence since mid-August. Health officials have been struggling to track transmissions linked to various places, including hospitals, churches, restaurants and an army unit in Pocheon, north of Seoul, where 37 soldiers so far have tested positive.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s governor says the state will reinstate restrictions on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and around areas where coronavirus cases are spiking.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the severity of shutdowns would vary by proximity to hot spots.

The rules will take effect no later than Friday in parts of New York City’s Brooklyn and Queens boroughs, sections of Orange and Rockland counties north of the city, and an area within the upstate city of Binghamton near the Pennsylvania border.

The planned restrictions include shutdowns of schools and nonessential businesses in some areas. Others would set limits on gatherings and in restaurants.

RENO, Nev. — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak will be tested for the coronavirus and work out of his Las Vegas office indefinitely after a positive test was confirmed for a staff member working at the governor’s office in the state Capitol in Carson City.

Communications director Meghin Delaney said Tuesday that the staffer has not had in-person contact with the governor since mid-September. She says Sisolak departed northern Nevada on Sept. 17 and has been working from Las Vegas since then.

The governor had been scheduled to return to Carson City next week but his travel is on hold until officials get test results for all staffers there.

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South Korea nurse group protests Blackpink music video

Oct. 6 (UPI) — Popular K-pop band Blackpink is under fire in their native South Korea for their depiction of nurses in a recent music video.

The Korean Nurses Association, South Korea’s oldest professional organization for nurses, said Tuesday in statement they condemn the sexualized image of a nurse in Blackpink’s music video Lovesick Girls, South Korean media service XSportsNews reported.

“One scene in the music video, where band member Jennie wears a nurse’s cap, a short skirt and high heels, turns nurses into sexual objects,” the group said, adding they sent a “letter of protest” to YG Entertainment, Blackpink’s agency.

On Tuesday, YG expressed “concern” and issued an apology. But the agency also defended creativity.

“The scene in which a nurse and patient appear reflect the lyrics,” the agency said, quoting the song’s lyrics, “No doctor could help when I’m lovesick.”

“There was no specific intention,” the agency said.

The Korean Nurses Association dismissed the agency’s explanation and said the “sensational nurse’s outfit” is irrelevant to the theme of the song.

“Rather than call it a genre of artistic creativity, the video lays bare the tendency toward sexual objectification of nurses” in South Korean society, the group said.

“Sexual scenes like these should not be passed off as art, if we are to eliminate the distorted image of nurses” and other healthcare workers, the group said.

The dispute between nurses and South Korean entertainment comes at a time when concern is rising about women in the medical profession in the country.

According to data from the Korean Medical Women’s Association, a professional group representing women doctors, about 1 out of 3 women physicians said in a 2019 survey they had experienced “sexual harassment or sexual violence” in the workplace, News 1 reported Tuesday. Only 1.7% of male doctors surveyed said they had been sexually harassed or violated, the report says.

Women doctors surveyed said the harassment included unwanted physical contact, being evaluated on their appearance, and being asked to sit next to male supervisors at events involving alcohol.

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