[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/03/TUE
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-202 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, adding more than one-thousand cases for four straight weeks.
2. The Health Authorities said on Tuesday that two people in the nation were confirmed to be infected with the subvariant known as the delta plus variant of COVID-19, which has emerged in some ten countries worldwide so far.
3. President 문재인 has called on all government agencies to exert all-out efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. President 문 added protecting the lives of the people amid the crisis with a focus on quarantine and livelihood has become the key task of the government.
4. At a virtual meeting of the South Korea and ASEAN foreign ministers on Tuesday,
Seoul's foreign minister 정의용 pledged to deepen cooperation with Southeast Asian countries to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
5. The U.S. State Department said on Monday local time that North Korea will be among items on the agenda during ministerial meetings with ASEAN this week. They will discuss the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea.
6. South Korea's Intelligence Service said Tuesday that the recent restoration of inter-Korean communication lines was requested by North Korean leader 김정은,
adding that the regime's warning against the South Korea-U.S. joint military drills, might be a sign that North is willing to improve ties, if the drills are called off.
7. South Korea's cabinet today approved a decree that will give an extra weekday off, for more public holidays, in case those holidays fall on weekends.
8. BTS' 'Butter' has topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the ninth week. "Butter" also set a new milestone as the longest-leading song of the year on the Hot 100 Billboard and is now the most commercially successful song in the U.S. so far this year.