[Korea Now Today's Headline] 04/21/WED
1. On Wednesday, South Korea reported 731 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases bouncing back to over 700 in a week.
2. In response to a recent spike in cluster infections at schools, the Ministry of Education today declared a 3-week special intensive prevention for schools, with plans to conduct preemptive PCR COVID-19 tests at schools in the capital area.
3. Health authorities said South Korea is currently in negotiations with pharmaceutical companies, including Moderna, which was not included in the government’s previously announced plan for the first half of the year.
4. On Wednesday, South Korean victims of wartime sexual slavery lost their second lawsuit against the Japanese government, with the Seoul Central District Court citing sovereign immunity.
5. The South Korean government voiced “deep disappointment and regrets” on Wednesday over the Japanese Prime Minister’s ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine.
6. Today, President 문재인 had a luncheon meeting with the new mayors of Seoul and Busan with agenda items that included efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to improve the people's livelihoods and stabilize the housing market.
7. While the United States continues to add countries to its Level 4: Do Not Travel list, the travel advisory for South Korea remained unchanged at Level 2, which calls to exercise increased caution.
8. Despite finding a possible link to rare cases of unusual blood clots, the European Medicines Agency has decided that the benefits of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risks.
9. The 12 U.S. jurors unanimously found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all the counts he faced over the death of African-American George Floyd.