[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/10/MON
1. Monday morning, President 문재인 gave a special address to mark his fourth year in office, in which he looked back over the past 4 years and explained his policy goals and tasks for his final year as president.
2. During his special address, President 문재인 asked citizens to hold on just a little bit more, saying that an end to the war against COVID-19 is in sight as South Korea is picking up speed with vaccination, nearing herd immunity.
3. On Monday, South Korea reported 463 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases rising by the smallest number in a week.
4. Health authorities said today that, starting next week, a payout with a maximum of 10 million won ($8,970 US-dollars) will be provided for those who require hospitalization after being administered with a COVID-19 vaccine, even without proof of causal link to the jab.
5. Starting today, South Korea opened up COVID-19 vaccine reservations for the next group of senior citizens between the ages of 65 and 69, who will be getting the AstraZeneca inoculation on the 27th of this month.
6. Japan’s daily COVID-19 cases topped 7,000 this weekend for the first time since mid-January, while more than 300-thousand citizens signed a petition to cancel the Summer Olympics.
7. The death toll from Saturday’s bomb attack targeting schoolgirls in the Afghan capital Kabul has risen to 68 as international organization issue statements strongly condemning the continued violence in the country.
8. Colonial Pipeline, operator of the largest petroleum pipeline between Texas and New York, was shut down after a ransomware attack on Friday, local time, while concerns rise of possible shortages and higher prices as the suspension continues.