每日英語跟讀 Ep.K022: About SKorea -Seoul regulates older vehicles to curb pollution
To combat concerns about fine dust, especially during the winter, the city government of Seoul has toughened regulations on high-polluting vehicles and construction sites in the December-to-March period.
The measure is designed to ease the intensity and frequency of fine dust through tougher regulations. The city aims to reduce 120 tons of fine dust emissions during the four months.
Aging and high-polluting vehicles without devices to reduce emissions are restricted in the city from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays. Violators are charged a fine of 100,000 won per day.
More Koreans giving up looking for jobs 更多南韓民眾放棄謀職
According to a survey on the working age population － those aged 15 or over － by Statistics Korea, the number of discouraged workers stood at 534,000 in December 2019, the month before the novel coronavirus first arrived in Korea.
Since the first case was reported here on Jan. 20, the tally of discouraged workers has showed a general increase, though there were some ups and downs from month to month. Compared to December 2019, the tally for November 2020 grew 97,000 to reach 631,000.
Some research analysts say that the climbing number of discouraged workers cannot wholly be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1421683 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1420219