[Korea Now Today's Headline] 04/07/WED
1. By-election voting began today in South Korea at 3,459 polling stations across the country, with a turnout rate of 54.4 percent in Seoul and 49.4 percent in Busan as of 7pm.
2. On Wednesday, South Korea reported 668 new COVID-19 cases, reporting the highest number of daily new cases since January.
3. Health authorities have called for more vigilance as the fourth wave of the pandemic approaches, advising people to stay alert and aware of the further spread of COVID-19.
4. On Wednesday, South Korea's Food and Drug Safety Ministry gave the final approval for the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, making it the third vaccine approved in the country.
5. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said today that in efforts to reduce carbon emission by more than 25%, a series of "green smart" industrial complexes will be constructed, including the 새만금 Industrial Complex.
6. President 문재인 sent a congratulatory letter to the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates on the beginning of their commercial operation of the Barakah plant constructed by South Korea.
7. On Tuesday, local time, in indirect talks, the United States and Iran agreed through intermediaries to establish two working groups that would get both countries back into compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
8. According to a spokesman from the U.S. health department on Tuesday, local time, President Biden said that all U.S. adults should be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, urging Americans to be patient and to take precautions against variants.
9. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its forecast for global economic growth to 6 percent this year, while South Korea’s expected economic growth remained at 3.6 percent.