[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/05/WED
1. On Wednesday, South Korea reported 676 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases spiking back to the 600s as cluster infections continue to rise.
2. Starting today, here in South Korea, people who have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus are exempt from the mandatory 14-day isolation when arriving from abroad and after having close contact with virus patients.
3. On the sidelines of the G7 meeting, top diplomats of South Korea, the United States and Japan held three-way talks, which also marks the first direct encounter between 정의용 and Toshimitsu Motegi.
4. In London, during their first talks, Foreign Minister 정의용 and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi agreed on the need to develop relations between the two countries in a “future-oriented” manner.
5. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington was engaged with Beijing on a whole variety of issues, and among those that the U.S. can cooperate with China on are North Korea and Iran.
6. On Tuesday, local time, Myanmar’s military-controlled media announced a ban on satellite TV receivers, saying outside broadcasts threatened national security, and threatened to jail anyone violating the new regulation.
7. In a draft statement that awaits signing by EU ambassadors and needs final approval by India, the European Union and India are expected to resume stalled free-trade talks at a virtual summit on Saturday.
8. In line with France’s goal to cut greenhouse emissions by 40% by 2030, its National Assembly approved a wide-ranging climate change bill, which includes the suspension of domestic flights on routes served by a train ride of under 2.5 hours.
9. Celebrating today as Children’s Day here in South Korea, President 문재인 met virtually with a group of elementary school students who shared their dreams and wishes for the future.