[Korea Now Today's Headline] 06/01/TUE
1. On Tuesday, South Korea reported 459 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases remaining in the 400s for the third consecutive day.
2. Reservations opened today for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine provided by the U.S. government, with eligible reservists and members of civil defense aged 30 and over filling all 1 million slots.
3. Starting today, health authorities have eased social distancing rules for people that have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including a partial exemption from the current gathering restriction of up to 8 immediate family members.
4. The two-day run of the 2021 P4G Seoul Summit came to an end Monday evening with the adoption of the Seoul Declaration, which highlights the pursuit towards a green economic recovery from the pandemic through an “inclusive” process.
5. Despite North Korean criticism of a U.S. decision to lift all restrictions on South Korean missile development, the U.S. State Department said on Monday, local time, that Washington remains firmly committed to diplomatic engagement with 평양.
6. The foreign ministry called in a senior Japanese diplomat to strongly protest Japan’s wrongful territorial claims of the South Korean islets of 독도 on its map of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay.
7. With a goal to lift social distancing rules for the vaccinated by July 1, starting today, EU member states can start issuing digital COVID-19 passports to citizens that have been fully vaccinated as well as those with a negative test or proof of having recovered from infection .
8. On Monday, local time, the WHO introduced a new system of using the Greek Alphabet to name the COVID-19 variants in the order of their detection, which has led to the renaming of the first-detected UK variant as "Alpha" and the latest India variant as "Delta".
9. Marking the second anniversary of the boating disaster in the Danube River, vice foreign ministers of South Korea and Hungary have inaugurated a memorial in Budapest that commemorates the 28 lives lost, most of whom were Korean.