[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/20/FRI
1. South Korea reported 2-thousand-52 New Covid-19 cases on Friday, staying above two-thousand for the second day.
2. Health Authorities on Friday have extended the current social distancing measures by two weeks. Starting Monday, restaurants and cafes in areas under Level Four can only stay open until 9 p.m.
3. Health Authorities announced on Friday that as a result of vaccine reservation for those aged 18 to 49, the advance booking rate recorded 61%. The authorities added that from the 26th to the 29th of this month, the Pfizer vaccine will be administered regardless of the region.
4. President 문재인 on Friday said in relation to the budget for next year that, as it is an urgent situation, the government needs a budget to overcome the crisis, and to make efforts to maintain the balance between expansion and fiscal soundness.
5. The Hong Kong government reversed its position after deciding not to recognize vaccination certificates issued in South Korea. This comes after a strong protest by the South Korean Foreign Ministry.
6. South Korean government announced on Friday that Sung Kim, the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, is scheduled to visit Korea on the 21st. He will hold talks with his counterpart, 노규덕, on the 23rd.
7. According to foreign media on Thursday, the Taliban opened fire on protesters carrying Afghan flags, on the day of Afghanistan’s independence day, killing many in different regions.
8. U.S. President Joe Biden made remarks on Wednesday that allies like South Korea, Taiwan and European countries are fundamentally different from Afghanistan, and said anyone were to invade or take action against NATO allies, the U.S. would respond.