[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/10/TUE
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-540 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the record daily number reported for any Tuesday since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, Non-capital areas also accounted for the highest, 44.6 percent of local cases.
2. South Korea's Drug Authority has approved a phase 3 clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed by SK Bioscience. It aims to produce an interim result of its clinical trial during the first quarter of next year before seeking final approval.
3. The South Korean and US military authorities began pre-rehearsals for the second half of the joint exercise on Tuesday. 김여정, North Korean leader 김정은’s sister, immediately spoke out and criticized the South and the United States.
4. South Korea’s unification ministry said Tuesday that the ministry will not presuppose anything about Pyeongyang's latest criticism of the Seoul-Washington military drills and has pledged to prepare for all possibilities.
5. The Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that among the patients of the 청해Unit, the last two who were being treated at the hospital will be discharged today. As a result, all two-hundred and 72 patients were confirmed to be fully recovered.
6. According to South Korea’s weather agency on Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has approved a working-level report that says it is highly likely the one-point-five degree threshold will be breached between this year and 2040.
7. The U.S. government announced new sanctions Monday local time on Belarusian government officials and wealthy allies of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, calling the measures a response to the regime's ongoing political repression and corruption.