[Korea Now Today's Headline] 07/07/WED
1. On Wednesday, South Korea reported 1,212 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of daily new cases recording the second highest since the beginning of the pandemic.
2. In a move to step up efforts to bring the current COVID-19 situation under control, President 문재인 reaffirmed a strict principle of zero tolerance against acts in violation of social distancing rules and other public health restrictions.
3. Health authorities decided to extend current social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area, including a ban on private gatherings of five or more people and a 10 PM curfew on restaurants, for another week until the 14th.
4. A total of 700,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine under an exchange deal with Israel arrived in South Korea Wednesday morning.
5. Today, South Korean President 문재인 held summit talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, with cooperation on renewable energy as the main topic, as well as the partnership between the two countries in the semiconductors industry.
6. On Wednesday, the government said South Korea earmarked 4.17 trillion won (US$3.7 billion) for its 2022 official development assistance budget, up 12.3 percent from a year ago.
7. On Tuesday, the nuclear envoys of China and the U.S. held phone talks for the first time since the Special U.S. representative for North Korea was appointed in May, during which matters related to the peninsula were discussed.
8. K-pop supergroup BTS set a new chart record as its upbeat summer track "Butter" retained the top spot on Billboard's main singles chart for the sixth consecutive week.