[Korea Now Today's Headline] 04/28/WED
1. On Wednesday, South Korea reported 775 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases rising to the highest in four days, nearing 800.
2. During a COVID-19 response meeting today, acting Prime Minister 홍남기 said the government will spend 68 billion Korean won ($61 million US dollars) to help Korean pharmaceutical companies develop their own COVID-19 vaccine at least by early next year.
3. Health authorities said today that under South Korea’s new quarantine policies, fully vaccinated people will be exempt from the mandatory 14-day isolation period even after coming in close contact with COVID-19 patients or returning from overseas travel, starting next month.
4. Starting today, the defense ministry began administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to service members aged 30 and older.
5. Today, in an annual policy report on inter-Korean relations, South Korea said efforts would be made to help move forward nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea, as well as store its own dialogue with 평양.
6. On Wednesday, the Samsung Group Lee family announced that they will be paying some 12 trillion Korean won ($10.7 billion US dollars) in record inheritances taxes, as well as making medical and art donations.
7. The South Korean foreign ministry said today that a virtual meeting of the chiefs of diplomatic missions in Pacific countries was held to discuss responses to Japan’s plan to release radioactive wastewater into the ocean.
8. Former Catholic archbishop of Seoul, Cardinal Nicholas 정진석 passed away of old age late Tuesday night after being hospitalized since February due to an unspecified ailment. He was 89.
9. With the COVID-19 situation in India spiraling deeper into crisis, more countries are banning travel from India, including all means of transit.
10. According to CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, their new at-home pill to treat COVID-19 may be available by the end of the year.
11. In a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the Japanese government has decided to take “military” out of the term used to refer to the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery, making the reference of ‘comfort women’.