[Korea Now Today's Headline] 04/15/THU
1. On Thursday, South Korea reported 698 new COVID-19 cases, as health authorities warn of tougher social distancing rules if the current trend of increase in new daily cases continues.
2. Amidst the number of daily infections showing an upward trend, health authorities said the situation needs to be monitored further before making any decisions on changes to social distancing measures.
3. South Korea will start issuing proof of vaccination through the KDCA mobile application as early as Thursday for those who have been inoculated.
4. In a meeting with economy-related ministers today, President 문재인 pledged strong support for the nation's semiconductor sector in efforts to keep South Korea in the leading position of its global supply chain.
5. The IAEA Director General said the agency is considering sending a multinational team of experts to Japan, including those from South Korea, amid growing concerns on Tokyo's recent decision to discharge radioactive water into the ocean.
6. Thursday, South Korea's central bank held its benchmark policy rate unchanged at a record low of 0.5 percent, reflecting the uncertainty of the nation's current COVID-19 situation.
7. On Wednesday, local time, members of the advisory committee to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put off making any decision on recommendations or suggestions for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, saying they did not have enough information.
8. U.S. President Joe Biden made an official announcement on Wednesday, local time, of his plan to pull out all American forces from the "forever war" in Afghanistan by September 11 this year.
9. The United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, has begun three days of meetings with his Chinese counterparts, marking the highest-level travel to China known so far for officials of the Biden administration.