[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/03/MON
1. On Monday, South Korea reported 488 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of newdaily cases falling back to the 400s as a result of fewer tests over the weekend.
2. President 문재인 expressed optimism on Monday about South Korea’s COVID-19 vaccination program, saying reports show the possibility raising the target number of doses in the first half of this year to 13 million from the original 12 million.
3. The social distancing rules and the ban on private gatherings of five or more people that has been extended another three weeks starts today.
4. In response to the U.S. labelling North Korea a security threat on Sunday, local time, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan clarified that the U.S. policy is not aimed at hostility but at solutions to ultimately reach the goal of complete denuclearization.
5. While in London for a G7 meeting, South Korean Foreign Minister 정의용 is set to hold bilateral talks with his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken, which is likely to include coordinating a strategy on North Korea.
6. Hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, India is unlikely to impose a nationwide lockdown, but states have been advised to take stringent regional measures and implement "customized lockdowns" to curb the current spike of transmission.
7. On Sunday, at least six protesters were killed in Myanmar, which marks the highest daily death toll since the military junta reached an agreement with ASEAN leaders to end violence against civilians.
8. The top U.S. trade representative will begin discussions with the World Trade Organization (WTO) about waiving intellectual property rights on the much-needed COVID-19 vaccines for wider distribution.