[Korea Now Today's Headline] 06/29/TUE
1. On Tuesday, South Korea reported 595 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of daily new cases remaining in the 500s for the second day in a row.
2. Health authorities said Tuesday, virus-prone facilities in the greater Seoul area will be under strict monitoring of antivirus measures for two weeks, which includes a zero-tolerance policy against businesses in violation of the new distancing rules.
3. Health authorities said Tuesday, due to growing concerns over the global spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant, international arrivals from India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and 17 other countries will not be exempt from the mandatory 14-day quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated.
4. South Korea's ruling party and the government agreed on a second supplementary budget plan of roughly $29.2 billion US dollars, the biggest in the country's history, which includes the payment of stimulus checks to individuals in the bottom 80 percent income bracket.
5. Today, during a ceremony at the New Port in the city of Busan, President 문재인 unveiled South Korea's plan to become a global leader in the shipping industry.
6. A bill was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last Friday, which limits the use of next year’s defense funds towards reducing the number of U.S. troops deployed to South Korea below 22,000.
7. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held a video conference on Monday, during which they extended a 20-year-old friendship and cooperation treaty at a time when both countries are at odds with Western countries.
8. The White House said Monday that the United States will send a delegation to the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, but President Joe Biden will not be attending the event.