South Korea’s doctors, trainees protest government’s health plan
Thousands of South Korean doctors and trainees protested outside parliament on Friday against the government plans to increase the number of medical students by 4,000 over the next 10 years to be better prepared for public health crises like the coronavirus pandemic.
But the Korean Medical Association (KMA), which helped organize the protest, says the country already has more than enough physicians. Some 28,000 doctors and trainees protested nationwide on Friday, 20,000 of them in the capital Seoul, the KMA said.
At least 10,584 of the country's 33,836 medical facilities, including private clinics, staged a walkout on Friday, a health ministry official told Reuters.
The strike comes as South Korea on Friday reported 103 new coronavirus cases, of which 85 were domestic, the most locally transmitted cases since March 31, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.
Authorities said they were reviewing whether to resume tighter social distancing measures, which could include restricting gatherings to 50 people indoors and 100 outside.