[Korea Now Today's Headline] 05/12/WED
1. On Tuesday, South Korea reported 635 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases rising back above 600.
2. Health authorities said today that new COVID-19 social distancing rules will be adopted in July, when the first round of vaccinations for the elderly population is expected to be completed.
3. A fourth group of South Korean nationals arrived at Incheon International Airport today from virus-hit India, bringing the total number of citizens returned home to 722.
4. Today, the intelligence chiefs of South Korea, Japan and the United States held a meeting in Tokyo to exchange views on North Korea and other trilateral issues.
5. On Tuesday, 박지원, the head of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service held talks with his Japanese counterpart Hiroaki Takizawa in Tokyo, mostly discussing issues on North Korea.
6. South Korea and the United States kicked off the 19th biannual defense talks, K-I-D-D, in Washington, which set to run through Thursday, where discussions will be held on regional security situations and major bilateral issues, such as the transition of the wartime operational control OPCON.
7. Hostilities between Israel and Hamas continue to escalate, with Israel carrying out multiple air strikes in Gaza and the militant group firing rockets at Tel Aviv, raising the death toll to over 30.
8. On Wednesday, India reported its biggest-ever single-day COVID-19 death count hitting a new grim record with over 4,200 deaths in the last 24 hours.
9. The 22-year-old man accused of killing 8 people, including 4 women of Korean descent in the Atlanta-area massage parlor shooting in March, may be facing the death penalty if found guilty.