[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/16/MON
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-556 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, due to fewer tests over the weekend. However, the latest figure marked the highest figure for Sunday.
2. Health Authorities said today that COVID-19 vaccinations will begin for those in their early 50s from Monday, along with those with birth dates ending in the number 6 beginning the reservation from tonight.
3. The Defense Ministry announced today that, despite the opposition from North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. started the second half of the joint exercise as scheduled this morning with only essential personnel participating in a simulation method.
4. At the Liberation Day speech held Sunday, President 문재인 said that his dream is for South Korea to become “a peaceful and dignified nation” adding that the country will do its part in the international community.
5. The remains of an iconic independence fighter 홍범도 finally returned to his homeland from Kazakhstan on Sunday. He will be put to rest at the national cemetery in the central city of 대전 on Wednesday.
6. The President of Kazakhstan embarks on a two-day state visit to South Korea from today. It will mark the first head of state visiting South Korea since the start of the pandemic.
7. The Taliban took control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan on Sunday, three months after the withdrawal of U.S. forces, returning to power for the first time in 20 years.
8. On Monday, President 문재인 instructed his government to do its best for the safe evacuation of South Korean diplomatic officials and residents in Afghanistan.
9. The death toll continues to rise in Haiti following the weekend's deadly earthquake. According to the country's civil protection agency, at least 1-thousand-297 have been killed and more than 57-hundred wounded.