[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/04/WED
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-725 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with the non-capital regions seeing the highest figure. The government will decide Friday whether to extend restrictions and make possible adjustments.
2. Health Authorities announced that from 8 pm today, advance reservations for those aged 18 to 49 who are eligible for priority vaccination in non-capital regions will begin, while the eligible people include employees in the public transportation service, delivery workers, street cleaners and more.
3. The 청와대 announced on Wednesday that President 문재인 will hold a meeting tomorrow afternoon, in line with the launch of the “Global Vaccine Hub Promotion Committee”. South Korea aims to become a vaccine hub along with domestic vaccine development above all else.
4. Foreign Minister 정의용 asked the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to back Seoul's efforts to foster a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula after the recent restoration of inter-Korean communication lines.
5. The. U.S Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday local time that any decisions on military exercises between South Korea and the U.S. will be made jointly by the allies, reiterating that their alliance remains strong.
6. According to Worldometer, the global COVID-19 tally topped the grim milestone in over a year and half, reaching over 2-hundred million as of Wednesday morning, Korea time.
7. The South Korean women's volleyball team defeated Turkey in the Olympic quarter-finals on Wednesday, advancing to the semifinal where it will face either Brazil or the Russian Olympic Committee.