[Korea Now Today's Headline] 09/03/FRI
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-709 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, marking the 59th straight day of infections in the four digits.
2. The South Korean government has extended the toughest level four social distancing scheme in the capital region and Level three in other areas by another four weeks until October 3rd.
3. The health authorities announced that the restrictions will be further relieved during the fourth week of the month, which includes the 추석 holiday, to allow a family gathering of up to eight people on the condition that four of them are fully vaccinated.
4. At a luncheon meeting with parliamentary leaders on Friday, President 문재인 said that he is going to do all he can until the end of his term next year to overcome the COVID-19 crisis,as he called for cooperation from the National Assembly.
5. According to an informed source, the U.S. House committee on armed services passed a defense authorization bill Thursday local time that does not specify a lower limit for the number of U.S. forces stationed in South Korea.
6. North Korea’s state-run media reported Friday that 평양’s leader 김정은 has presided over a politburo meeting to discuss key issues. In the meeting, 김 has stressed the need to establish a strong quarantine measures.
7. The Tokyo Electric Power Companybelatedly disclosed that there was a problem with the contaminated water purification facility at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. According to Kyodo News on Thursday, at least 10 filters that absorb radioactive substances at the removal facility were damaged.