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National, city government work to new normal

The COVID-19 pandemic is signaling a major shift in the way people live their lives. As the local and national government work hard toward creating a new normal in a world with the novel coronavirus, everyone is wondering how society will come to coexist with it.

Businesses now comply with social distancing.

Moon's post-COVID outlook

President Moon Jaein, in a speech on May 10, the third anniversary of his inauguration, spoke positively about South Korea's role in a world where infectious disease is a regular fixture. "Korea will become a leader in the post-COVID era. We will pursue bold strategies to attract outside high-tech industries and investments and change the fortunes of Korean companies. We have excellent infrastructure and the world's top competitiveness in ICT. The country has great strengths in non-contact medical services and online education, all of which can be used after the pandemic."

The president continued, saying, "We will lead an international order of solidarity and cooperation that prioritizes the lives and safety of people. Based on successful containment of the virus, we will lead international cooperation in the post-COVID era by putting human security at the center of everything."

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Office culture at the Busan International Finance Center has changed for the time being.

Living with COVID-19 in Busan

As the Moon administration pioneers a world coexisting with the coronavirus, Busan is moving rapidly in line with government policies. Since the virus began to spread, City Hall has implemented major measures into society, including the operation of its Emergency Response Headquarters, the payment of emergency support funds and focusing on job security for young people.

City Hall has also been preparing for what Busan may be like once the worst of COVID-19 has passed. A report about the well-being of city re-sidents after COVID-19 contains a long list of potential social effects from the pandemic and the subsequent corrective tasks that will need to be taken. The report suggests that there will be work needed in many sectors of life, including, but not limited to, economy, consumption, culture, tourism, health and diplomacy. 

Other challenges, including increasing opportunities to work remotely, improving the safety of public transportation and expansions of social welfare and mental health services are laid out in the report.