[Korea Now Today's Headline] 04/12/MON
1. On Monday, South Korea reported 587 new COVID-19 cases, with new daily cases dropping under 600 in 6 days.
2. Effective today, operations of entertainment establishments are banned in the greater Seoul area and the southeastern port city of Busan, as the ban on private gatherings of five or more people remains nationwide.
3. Local authorities said that starting today, South Korea has resumed the rollout of administering the AstraZeneca vaccine for eligible recipients, except for those under 30.
4. President 문재인 spoke during an emergency meeting on Monday, on the current COVID-19 situation as well as further vaccine rollout plans, where he reassured stability of vaccine supply as local production will be available by the third quarter.
5. The government announced that starting today, those not wearing masks in indoor settings and on public transportation will be slapped with a fine of 100,000 won (US $89).
6. During a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart on Sunday, local time, Prime Minister 정세균 said South Korea is willing to provide “sideline” support for Iran to advance "productive" dialogue with partners in restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
7. South Korean actress 윤여정 won the best supporting actress title for her role in the immigration film “Minari” at this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards, becoming the first South Korea actor to win an acting award at BAFTA.
8. On Sunday, LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation ended a two-year legal dispute over electric vehicle battery technology, with SK Innovation agreeing to pay 2 trillion won (US $1.78 billion) in compensation to its bigger Korean rival.
9. On Monday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry made statements blaming Israel for Sunday’s power outage in its underground Natanz nuclear facility, calling it an attack of “nuclear terrorism”, warning to take revenge for the assault.
10. As bloodshed continues in Myanmar, the military has started charging families US $85 to retrieve the bodies of relatives killed by security forces.
11. The funeral for Prince Philip is set to take place on April 17 at Windsor Castle, with only 30 people set to attend under the current coronavirus restrictions in England.