[Korea Now Today's Headline] 06/23/WED
1. On Wednesday, South Korea reported 645 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of daily new cases spiking to a two-week high of over 600 while daily imported cases exceed 40 for the fourth consecutive day.
2. Starting today, those aged 60-74 who had booked an AstraZeneca vaccine dose but were unable to receive their scheduled vaccinations in June can make appointments for a Pfizer vaccine inoculation.
3. As part of the 66 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that South Korea bought directly from Pfizer, 650,000 new doses arrived in South Korea today.
4. On Tuesday, local time, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the United States remains committed to engaging with North Korea despite a negative statement from 김여정, the sister of the North Korean leader.
5. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family announced today that it signed an MOU with the UN Women to establish a Center for Gender Equality in South Korea, marking what would be the first women-related international organization in the country.
6. Kyodo News reported on Tuesday that South Korea had informed the Japanese government of President 문재인's possible visit to Japan during the Tokyo Olympics set for July 23.
7. The health ministry of India has declared the new variant of COVID-19 dubbed "Delta Plus" as a "variant of concern" after nearly two dozen cases were detected in 22 samples from three states across India.
8. Just a matter of days after Israel lifted its indoor mask mandate, on Tuesday, New Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett strongly urged Israelis to wear masks indoors again due to the spread of the Delta variant.
9. In a joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council, more than 40 countries are pressing China to allow the United Nations immediate access to Xinjiang Province to look into reports that more than one million people have been unlawfully detained.