[Korea Now Today's Headline] 04/13/TUE
1. On Tuesday, South Korea reported 542 new COVID-19 cases, with new daily cases in the 500s for a second consecutive day.
2. At today’s COVID-19 briefing, health authorities have expressed concerns that South Korea stands at a critical point before a possible breakout of a fourth wave, which may be more “explosive” than the third wave.
3. Early Tuesday, the Japanese government approved a plan to start releasing tons of contaminated water from the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the ocean, in two years.
4. The South Korean government expressed strong regret over the Japanese government’s decision to release radioactive water into the ocean, and said all measures necessary will be taken to keep the people safe from the water.
5. Following Tokyo’s announcement, the South Korean foreign ministry called in Japan’s top envoy to Seoul.
6. During a weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, President 문재인 stressed the need to step up policy efforts to address the socio-economic issue that young adults are struggling through due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
7. U.S. President Joe Biden held a virtual summit with corporate leaders on Monday, local time, to address the global shortage of semiconductors, pushing for investment in the chip "infrastructure" of the United States.
8. In a news briefing on Monday, the WHO warned that the pandemic is growing exponentially, with the number of cases increasing globally for the seventh consecutive week, mostly due to confusion and complacency.
9. Taiwan reported on Monday that 25 Chinese air force aircrafts including fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers entered their air defence identification zone, the largest reported incursion to date.