[Korea Now Today's Headline] 04/30/FRI
1. On Friday, South Korea reported 661 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of newdaily cases in the 600s for a second consecutive day.
2. Health authorities have decided to extend the current social distancing measures and ban on large private gatherings for another 3 weeks.
3. 청와대 secretary for public communication announced today that President 문재인 and U.S. President Joe Biden will be holding their first in-person summit talks in Washington on May 21.
4. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Friday that top uniformed officers of South Korea, the United States and Japan held talks in Hawaii, in which they vowed to strengthen trilateral cooperation and shared concerns over North Korea’ nuclear and missiles programs.
5. Amid a massive spike in COVID-19 cases in India where confirmed cases among Korean nationals have surpassed 120, the Foreign Ministry is considering raising the travel alert for India to “red”, which recommends South Koreans to leave India unless there are essential reasons.
6. Amid the latest surge in COVID-19 cases in India, the U.S. Department of State has put India on Level 4 Travel Advisory, which asks US citizens not to travel to India or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so.
7. On Friday, despite warnings from authorities on the risk of COVID-19 transmission, a massive stampede of some 100-thousand people at a religious pilgrimage site in Israel killed at least 44 people.
8. As confirmed by officials on Thursday, local time. NATO has begun withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, which is expected to be completed within a few months in an orderly, coordinated, and deliberate process.