[Korea Now Today's Headline] 07/08/THU
1. On Thursday, South Korea reported 1,275 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of daily new cases at the highest since the outbreak of the pandemic.
2. Health officials said today that the government is considering imposing tougher restrictions for the greater Seoul area, with discussions of the option of issuing the toughest measure to Seoul city alone.
3. The education ministry said today that the plan to reopen schools for in-person classes in the second semester will stay in place while some 210,000 cram school teachers and workers in the greater Seoul area will get vaccinated between July 13 to 24.
4. Starting today, some 380,000 people working at daycare centers and kindergartens, as well as teachers of the first and second grade can make appointments for vaccination, with inoculations set to start next Tuesday.
5. Following a virtual summit with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, on his social media account, President 문재인 reaffirmed that the two countries are strongly committed to further enhancing their friendship and trust.
6. During an event today unveiling the so-called K-battery blueprint, President 문재인 said the government will pour all its resources to take a leading role in the global battery race amid a major technological shift in the automotive industry.
7. A pre-Olympic inaugural ceremony was held today for the South Korean delegation of 232 athletes and 122 officials to the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
8. The World Health Organization chief said on Wednesday, local time, that the world has passed the "tragic milestone" of four million recorded COVID-19 fatalities, while the pandemic's true toll is probably higher.
9. Wednesday morning, local time, Haiti's President Jovenel Moise was killed during an attack at his private residence, for which the national police has reported four suspects shot dead and two others arrested.