[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/28/FRI
1. On Friday, South Korea reported 587 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases falling back under 600 in three days.
2. The "leftover vaccine" reservation services through Naver and Kakao applications was launched yesterday, and on its first day 4,229 people used the services to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine jab.
3. Health authorities said today that around 657,000 people received their first shots of COVID-19 vaccines yesterday, marking the largest number of people vaccinated in a single day.
4. Foreign Minister 정의용 said on Friday that South Korea will deal with the matter of Tokyo’s renewed claim to sovereignty of South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo on a map on the Tokyo Olympic website as strongly as possible.
5. Top nuclear envoys of South Korea and the U.S., 노규덕 and Sung Kim, held another round of phone talks today, less than 6 days since their last call, all in efforts to actively implement the results of the two countries' summit held last week.
6. Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, local time, that Germany plans to expand COVID-19 incoulations to adolescents aged 12 and older starting June 7, as the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine would likely be approved for this age group in the coming days.
7. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad won a fourth 7-year term in office, winning 95.1% of the votes, as his two challengers were unable to mount any significant challenge to the family dynasty that has ruled Syria for over 5 decades.
8. Foreign ministers of the European Union, along with the G7, are discussing a new round of sanctions on Belarus, in response to the forced landing of a passenger plane to arrest a journalist.