[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/17/TUE
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-373 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as the daily figure fell below 14-hundred for the first time in two weeks.
2. Health authorities said Tuesday that more Moderna vaccine doses than promised will arrive in South Korea by September. It said the specific number and timeline will be revealed this week, adding Moderna apologized for the supply delay.
3. Prime Minister 김부겸 called on businesses today to observe government recommendations on the percentage of staff that work from home and to thoroughly check employees coming back to the office after the holiday for possible symptoms of the virus.
4. President 문재인 held a summit this morning with his counterpart from Kazakhstan. Seoul’s top office said the two heads of state discussed ways to promote bilateral cooperation and to boost cultural and human exchanges.
5. President 문재인 has posthumously presented the highest grade of the Order of Merit for National Foundation to Korean freedom fighter and general 홍범도.
6. The application for the 5th disaster aid has started on Tuesday for small business owners. The amount of support is divided into 32 types according to the level and it is up to a maximum of 20 million Korean won.
7. South Korea's Foreign Ministry issued a complaint on Monday against Japanafter it unveiled a defense white paper for children, marking the South Korean islets as Japanese territory.
8. U.S. President Joe Biden announced Monday local time that he does not regret his decision to end the war in Afghanistan by withdrawing U.S. troops, in response to the collapse of the Afghan government.