[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/11/WED
1. South Korea reported 2-thousand-223 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, surpassing two-thousand for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic.
2. President 문재인 said at a meeting with his aide today, that it’s "of great concern" that the country's daily new COVID-19 case tally has surpassed two-thousand despite the people's sacrificial cooperation and quarantine authorities' committed efforts.
3. Reservations for COVID-19 vaccines for those under 40 have been taking place sequentially from the 9th, and reservations for those with the last digit of their birthdate '1' will start today. In the midst of this, the second vaccination for the elderly, aged 60 to 74, will also start from tomorrow.
4. North Korea on Wednesday slammed South Korea and the U.S. again for going ahead with its joint military exercise, warning it will make the allies feel a serious security crisis every minute. The North did not answer South Korea's calls through military and liaison hotlines this morning for the second consecutive day.
5. South Korea’s International Cooperation Agency announced on Wednesday that it will build a solar power plant in Fiji, a Pacific island nation that is suffering from climate change.
6. South Korean government announced today that Korea's shipbuilding took the top spot in world orders for the third month in a row. The accumulated orders from January to July also recorded the highest since 2008.
7. According to diplomatic sources today, a senior Japanese diplomat stationed in Seoul returned home today, about a month after he came under fire for his remarks disparaging South Korean President 문재인’s efforts to improve relations with Tokyo.
8. The U.S. State Department announced on Tuesday local time that it has agreed to donate 50 million US dollars to emergency aid for the people of Myanmar. More than 7-hundred thousand residents will receive humanitarian aid, including those who have fled their homes to escape violence and persecution by the Myanmar military.