[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/13/FRI
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-990 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, hovering around the two-thousand mark for the third straight day, with the Non-capital areas hitting a record high, adding 788 cases.
2. Prime Minister 김부겸 on Friday urged people in South Korea to refrain from traveling or meeting in groups during the upcoming Liberation Day holiday weekend, as the nation struggles to contain the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
3. The South Korean government issued an administrative order to expand the number of COVID-19 beds on Friday. It plans to secure a total of 7-hundred 65 additional beds in the metropolitan area.
4. As vaccine reservations for those aged 18 to 49 kicked off Monday evening, the online bookings for those with the last digit of their birthdate ‘3’ can make a reservation from 8PM tonight.
5. The health authorities announced today that temporary screening and inspection stations will be operating at 4 highway rest areas starting today. Operation of the centers will start from today until the 31st to prepare for the summer vacation season.
6. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has extended the travel advisory for overseas travel for all countries and regions by one month until September 13.
7. South Korea on Saturday will mark International Memorial Day for Comfort women, the victims of imperial Japan's sexual enslavement during World War II.
8. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which will start on the 24th, will be played without spectators just like the Olympic Games. South Korea will send the largest Paralympic delegation in history.