[Korea Now Today's Headline] 06/02/WED
1. On Wednesday, South Korea reported 677 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases bouncing back to over 600 for the first time in 6 days.
2. Reservations close tomorrow for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 60 to 74 as South Korea’s health authorities expect over a quarter of the country’s population, or 13 million people, to get at least a first jab by the end of June.
3. To address the education gap caused by the pandemic, the Education Ministry announced today that starting from June 14, the in-person attendance cap for middle school students in the greater Seoul area will be expanded from the current 1-third to 2-thirds.
4. Today, President 문재인 held a luncheon meeting with the leaders of South Korea’s four major conglomerates -- SK, Hyundai, LG and Samsung -- for discussions on the results of the recent White House summit with U.S. President Joe Biden.
5. During an online meeting on Tuesday, Energy Ministers of the OPEC-plus have decided to add another 2.1 million barrels of crude per day to their output from May to July, to match the expected rise in demand amidst economic recovery around the world.
6. On Tuesday, local time, the World Health Organization has approved the emergency use of the two-shot COVID-19 vaccine Sinovac, the second produced in China, saying that it meets international standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing.
7. The UK marked a significant milestone on Tuesday, reporting no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time since March 2020, before the country entered its first lockdown.
8. On Tuesday, local time, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and China's Vice Premier Liu He held their first video call about cooperation and economic recovery, recognizing how the two countries' economic relationship is "very important".