[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/31/TUE
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-372 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, while the figure fell below 1,400 for the first time in two weeks.
2. Health Authorities announced Tuesday, from September 10, Koreans and long-term stay foreigners entering Korea from Peru and Chile will be quarantined for 7 days. This is a measure to prevent the introduction of the lambda variant into Korea.
3. Senior Health Ministry official said on Tuesday that the government is looking to enforce social distancing guidelines on a monthly basis from next week, and details of the time period for new levels set to take effect on Monday will be decided on Friday.
4. The South Korean government on Tuesday proposed a record high budget of 604-point-four trillion won for next year as it plans to maintain expansionary fiscal spending to cement the economic recovery and narrow social gaps caused by the pandemic.
5. Washington's top nuclear envoy Sung Kim said on Monday that he discussed with his South Korean counterpart 노규덕 on humanitarian aid for North Korea. 노 said Seoul has been closely monitoring Pyongyang's activities related to its weapons of mass destruction programs.
6. The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Monday local time that the U.S. military has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending a 20-year war against the Taliban.
7. Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 delta variant, the European Union has decided on Monday local time to implement a new round of restrictions on nonessential travelers coming from the United States.