[Korea Now Today's Headline] 04/29/THU
1. On Thursday, South Korea reported 680 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of new daily cases dropping below 700 amidst concerns of further rise ininfections.
2. As current social distancing measures are set to expire this weekend, health authorities plan to announce adjusted guidelines tomorrow, which may be an extension of current regulations for another 3 weeks.
3. Foreign Minister 정의용 will visit London for 2 days next week to attend an in-person G7 ministerial meeting to discuss access to COVID-19 vaccines, climate change and other global issues.
4. During his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden said he will work with allies to address threats from North Korea and Iran through “diplomacy” and “stern deterrence”.
5. On Wednesday evening, local time, U.S. President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress ahead of the milestone marking his first 100 days in office, in which he offered optimism, saying that “America is on the move again”.
6. BioNTech CEO said on Wednesday that the company has increased their global COVID-19 vaccine production goal for 2021 from 1.3 billion to 3 billion doses, adding that South Korea is among the countries expected to benefit.
7. Originally set to be decided this month, Tokyo Olympics officials have delayed making a decision on venue capacity limit for domestic fans until June, while overseas fans have already been barred from attending.
8. Korean Air and Asiana Airlines will operate five non-scheduled flights in May to bring South Korean nationals home from virus-hit India.