[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/07/FRI
1. On Friday, South Korea reported 525 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases remaining in the 500s for a second consecutive day amid concerns of a potential upsurge in variant cases.
2. The government said that 11.5% of eligible senior citizens between the ages of 70 and 74 have made reservations for the COVID-19 vaccination program.
3. A second group of 204 passengers have returned to South Korea from virus-hit India on a flight operated by Asiana Airlines today, and they will be under quarantine at state facilities for 7 days.
4. During an interview in London, South Korean Foreign Minister 정의용 said he expects North Korea to get an explanation of the U.S. policy review results, which he sees to be "practical and realistic", as explained by Antony Blinken.
5. During a strategic dialogue between Foreign Minister 정의용 and his British counterpart Dominic Raab, the diplomats have agreed to reinforce cooperation on equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, climate change and the expansion of bilateral exchanges.
6. Marking his fourth year in office, South Korean President 문재인 will be making a special address next Monday, in which he is expected to look back on the past four years while laying out how he plans to carry out state affairs in the final year of his presidency.
7. On Thursday, local time, Germany rejected a U.S. proposal to waive patent protection for COVID-19 vaccines, saying “the protection of intellectual property is a source of innovation and must remain so in the future”.
8. The Japanese government is expected to not only expand the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency beyond Tokyo and the Osaka area, but also extend its period to the end of May in efforts to curb the virus transmission ahead of the Olympics.
9. The Civil Disobedience Movement has reported that roughly 80 soldiers have defected from the Myanmar Air Force since the breakout of the February 1 military coup.