[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/06/FRI
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-704 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as the daily new cases remained in the 17-hundreds for the third straight day.
2. Some quarantine regulations will be reinforced as the government extended the current Level Four social distancing in the Seoul metropolitan area and Level Three outside the capital region by another two weeks until August 22.
3. Foreign minister 정의용 and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken agreed to make continued efforts to engage with North Korea and foster lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula during their phone talks Friday.
4. Tonight, the ASEAN Regional Forum will bring together top diplomats of 27 countries, involving North Korea. This will be the first talks between two Koreas since last week’s reactivation of inter-Korean communication lines.
5. France's Constitutional Court has approved a new vaccine passport legislation, allowing people to access more venues in the country. The new law extends that to restaurants, bars, cafes, and large shopping malls from next Monday.
6. South Korea will try to write a new chapter in its underdog story, as it takes on Brazil in the semifinals of the women's volleyball tournament Friday, while teen climber 서채현 reached the finals of the women's sport climbing competition.