[Korea Now Today's Headline] 04/20/TUE
1. On Tuesday, South Korea reported 549 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases staying in the 500s for the second day.
2. Today, during a parliamentary session, Foreign Minister 정의용 revealed that bilateral consultations are underway between Seoul and Washington, saying that South Korea is “earnestly discussing” a swap deal to secure COVID-19 vaccines.
3. During today’s press briefing, health authorities said they are aiming to inoculate 3 million people by the end of this month, and 12 million by the end of June.
4. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry submitted a report to parliament on Tuesday vowing to engage in multilateral diplomacy through the IAEA, the UN and the WHOin response to Japan's decision to release radioactive water into the ocean.
5. Today, in his video message for the Boao Forum on Asia, President 문재인 emphasized the need for multilateral cooperation among Asian countries to battle the COVID-19 pandemic together, saying that enhanced regional inclusiveness is necessary.
6. The U.S. State Department said on Monday that it will boost its “Do Not Travel” advisories to about 80% of countries worldwide, citing “unprecedented risk to travelers” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
7. On Monday, local time, the European Union announced sanctions on 10 of Myanmar’s military leaders as well as 2 giant military conglomerates for undermining democracy.
8. According to NASA’s satellite data from Mars on Monday local time, their drone, called Ingenuity, became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet
9. Amid a continued rise in the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19, the World Health Organization extended the state of global emergency by another three months during Monday’s briefing, also emphasizing the importance of collective vaccination efforts.