[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/17/MON
1. On Monday, South Korea reported 619 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases staying in the 600s for the third consecutive day.
2. Starting Monday, the South Korean government is compensating people who experience severe side effects after getting vaccinated, regardless of whether a direct causal link can be proven between the vaccine and the symptoms.
3. President 문재인 said today that he will use his upcoming visit to Washington to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden later this week as an opportunity to boost cooperation with the U.S. to foster South Korea into a global vaccine hub.
4. More than 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine procured locally out of the SK Bioscience facility in Andong City is expected to be distributed throughout the day Monday.
5. According to data from the Ministry of Science and ICT, South Korea's exports of information and communication technology (ICT) products rose more than 30% last month, marking the sharpest rise in over 10 years.
6. While Israeli warplanes launched another 80 air strikes early Monday morning, Palestinian officials in Gaza said Sunday was the deadliest day since the outbreak of the current conflict with Israel, with 42 people killed in Israeli air strikes.
7. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday that it was “appropriate” to push on with the major easing of lockdown in England for Monday as new evidence gives a “high degree of confidence” that COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the Indian variant.
8. Once considered successful in containing the COVID-19 virus, Taiwan is now imposing strict quarantine measures as the country faces its worst outbreak of resurgence in new daily cases.