[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/25/WED
1. South Korea reported 2-thousand-155 New COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, marking the second highest tally to date, while the daily cases have stayed above 1,000 for a whopping 50 consecutive days.
2. Prime Minister 김부겸 said on Wednesday that the number of daily COVID-19 cases has exceeded two-thousand again after five days while nine in ten domestic transmissions are of the highly contagious delta variant.
3. The country’s vaccine task force said Tuesday that with COVID-19 vaccinations for the 18 to 49 group set to start on Thursday, those who have yet to make a reservation or have a date after the 추석 holidays will be able to get their jabs a little earlier.
4. Summit talks between President 문재인 and Colombian President Ivan Duque held in Seoul on Wednesday, as the two heads of states discussed expanding economic cooperation in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era.
5. South Korea’s Second vice foreign minister 최종문 said on Wednesday that
Military planes carrying the Afghan evacuees are expected to land at Incheon International Airport, on Thursday. 최 added that the Afghans will be coming not as refugees but as "persons of special merit".
6. The Justice Ministry announced on Wednesday that the government will allow Afghan citizens already residing in the country to remain under a temporary status. The government’s latest decision was made on humanitarian grounds and is set to affect 434 Afghans residing in the nation.
7. The UN’s top human rights official told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Tuesday that it had received credible reports of human rights abuses in Taliban-backed Afghanistan, including executions of civilians. She called for a dedicated body to monitor Taliban’s actions.
8. South Korea's unification minister 이인영 and top nuclear envoy from Russia Igor Morgulov met on the 25th to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula.