[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/11/TUE
1.On Tuesday, South Korea reported 511 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases rising back above 500.
2.The South Korean government projected that the number of critically ill COVID-19 patients as well as related deaths to decrease significantly in the second half of the year after vaccination of the elderly population is completed.
3. Health authorities said today that it plans to carry out vaccinations for 18-year-old high school seniors during the months of July and August.
4. In response to a recent U.S. offer to explain the outcome of its policy review on 평양, North Korea has reportedly said the proposal has been “well received”.
5. On Monday, local time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents ages 12 to 15.
6. The World Health Organization said on Monday that the highly contagious COVID-19 variant circulating in India is being reclassified as a “variant of concern” at the global level, due to information suggesting its increased transmissibility.
7. Amid soaring tensions in Jerusalem, at least 20 people, including 9 children, were killed overnight as Israel unleashed new air strikes on Tuesday in retaliation to Palestinian militants firing more than 200 rockets.
8. The U.S. Department of Commerce said today that it plans to hold a meeting next week with senior U.S. auto industry leaders to address the semiconductor shortage that has cut production.