[Korea Now Today's Headline] 07/29/THU
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-674 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with infections remaining at above a thousand for more than three weeks. Non-capital regions alone recorded over 500 cases for nine days straight.
2. Health Authorities are set to unveil the COVID-19 vaccination plan for August, on Friday. That includes inoculations for those aged 18 to 49. Meanwhile, Moderna doses that had been delayed in introduction, will be supplied sequentially from next week.
3. President 문재인 held a meeting to stimulate a recovery from the pandemic-triggered economic shock, on Thursday. The president asked for a quick execution of the supplementary budget to support small business owners and self-employed people.
4. The defense ministry said on Thursday that the two Koreas’ military hotline has been restored after some technical issues. Now both the Western and Eastern hotlines are up and running. A phone call was made with North Korea at 9 a.m. this morning.
5. South Korea and the United States have agreed to work together on the return of about one-fourth of the Yongsan Garrison site to Seoul by early next year.
6. Ahead of the Paralympic Games, which will begin next month, South Korea held a launch ceremony for its team this Thursday, in a virtual format. In a video message, First Lady 김정숙 said it's their time to shine.
7. South Korea's swimmer 황선우 finished fifth in the men’s 100m freestyle final Thursday, while male Judo player 조구함 won a silver medal in the event.