[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/12/THU
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-987 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with the Non-capital areas adding 746 cases, hitting a record high for the second consecutive day.
2. The South Korean government delegation departs for the U.S. on the 13th to resolve the supply disruption of the COVID-19 vaccine with American pharmaceutical company Moderna. The meeting will be held at the Moderna headquarters Friday U.S. time.
3. Marking four years since his administration announced policies to improve health insurance coverage, President 문재인 was briefed virtually Thursday by related ministries on their accomplishments and made plans to further strengthen protection in the future.
4. South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Thursday that North Korea has not responded for the third day to daily inter-Korean contacts that were restored two weeks ago. The military is said to have detected no signs of provocation from the North at present.
5. The 청와대 announced Thursday that the Kazakh President will make a state visit to South Korea next week for summit talks with President 문재인, andwill be the first foreign leader to visit Korea since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
6. At an economic meeting on Thursday, Finance Minister 홍남기 announced that the government will provide 90 percent of the latest COVID-19 cash payouts to the general public and small businesses by the end of next month.
7. According to the Trade ministry today, South Korea's ICT exports hit a fresh high for the month of July, thanks to strong demand for semiconductors and displays. The exports amounted to 19-point-5 billion U.S. dollars, up more than 30 percent on-year.
8. According to the Ministry of Science and ICT on Thursday, the national space council approved the launch of the country's first locally developed space rocket, called 누리, for October.