[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/02/MON
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-219 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the country's total cases to over 200 thousand, with 65-percent of cases reported from the Greater Seoul area.
2. Health Authorities announced today that vaccine reservations for seniors aged 60 to 74 who have not been vaccinated during the first half of this year will start today,
while people over 75 can reschedule their reservation at any time.
3. President 문재인 said in a meeting with his top aides on Monday that the government is on track to have given first vaccine shots to 36 million people by the end of September, and reassured the public that there will be no problem in terms of vaccine supply.
4. South Korean government said on Monday that with U.S. pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna increasing the prices of COVID-19 vaccines,
Korea is also expected to be affected by the price hikes from next year.
5. Seoul’s unification ministry announced on Monday that the restoration of communication lines between the two Koreas is a starting point to rebuild trust between 서울 and 평양, while this announcement came in response to 김여정, the sister of North Korean leader, who earlier urgedthe South to suspend its regular military drills with the U.S.
6. The pair of South Korean women's badminton team 김소영 and 공희용 beat another Korean team to win the bronze medal today. Meanwhile, the baseball team thrashed Israel this afternoon eleven to one... to advance to the semifinals.
7. The weather agency said today that the heat wave is less intense than last week with rain, but due to the high humidity and temperature, heat waves and tropical nights are expected to continue for the time being.