[Korea Now Today's Headline] 09/02/THU
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-961 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, while the ratio of confirmed cases in the capital area accounted for over 70 percent for the third straight day.
2. South Korea received more than 1 million doses of the Moderna vaccine on Thursday. According to the health authorities, this is part of the 6 million doses of the vaccine scheduled to arrive in the country from Thursday to the weekend.
3. The South Korean government is looking to give incentives to those who have completed vaccination and allow visits to nursing facilities during the upcoming 추석 holiday.
4. South Korea’s defense ministry on Thursday unveiled a five-year blueprint to strengthen the military’s might, starting next year. The government plans to spend some 315 trillion won in the effort.
5. The foreign ministry said Thursday that Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn will visit South Korea next week for talks with his counterpart and a meeting of the cooperation forum involving South Korea and five Southeast Asian nations in the Mekong region.
6. The Taliban said Wednesday local time that it will announce on Friday the formation of a new government. It added that its supreme commander will be the head of all governing council in the country.
7. The World Health Organization has added another version of coronavirus to its list of “variants of interest”. The ‘Mu’ variant was added to the WHO’s watchlist on Monday after it was detected in 39 countries.