[Korea Now Today's Headline] 09/06/MON
1. Speaking at a meeting with his top aides Monday, President 문재인 said that the South Korean government is considering a gradual, phasal transition into a new COVID-19 management system where coexisting with the virus is normalized in day-to-day life.
2. South Korea reported 1-thousand-375 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, while the revised guidelines allow gatherings of up to six in the capital area, though they should include at least two fully vaccinated people during the daytime and four after 6 p.m. Meanwhile, Restaurants and bars in the greater Seoul area will be allowed to operate until 10 p.m.
3. Government authorities started accepting applications for COVID-19 relief payouts on Monday. Eligible people can fill out an application on credit card websites according to a five-day rotational system based on the final digits of their year of birth.
4. According to Russia’s Interfax news agency on Saturday local time, it quoted a source as saying that the United Nations Security Council is reportedly discussing easing sanctions against North Korea in consideration of the difficult humanitarian situation in the country.
5. Efforts to improve Korea-Japan relations have become difficult for the time being as Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has given up his term of office. With the leadership change, the already sour ties between two nations are expected to remain that way for some time to come.
6. According to the Sputnik news agency on Saturday, the Islamic militant group Taliban fired tear gas and fired blank bombs in the capital Kabul, attempting to disperse the female protesters, demanding rights following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.