[Korea Now Today's Headline] 06/28/MON
1. On Monday, South Korea reported 501 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of daily new cases falling back to the 500s for the first time in six days.
2. Health authorities announced that under the new four-tier social distancing system being introduced in July, the great Seoul area will be under Level 2, allowing restaurants and cafes to open until midnight, and level 1 for the rest of the country.
3. Vaccine reservations opened today for essential workers under the age of 30, as well as those aged between 60 and 74 who have not been vaccinated yet.
4. During a meeting with economy-related ministers today, President 문재인 said that the top priority of the nation's economy is to "completely" overcome the current crisis, and also called for the speedy allocation of a second batch of supplementary budgets for COVID-19 relief funds.
5. Around 200 cases of the COVID-19 Delta-Plus variant have been reported in 11 countries, including the latest out of Denmark.
6. The speaker of Iran's parliament said on Sunday, local time, that Tehran will never hand over images from inside of some Iranian nuclear sites to the IAEA, as a monitoring agreement had expired.
7. The United States on Sunday carried out a second round of air strikes against Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria, this time in response to drone attacks by the militia against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.