[Korea Now Today's Headline] 06/24/THU
1. On Thursday, South Korea reported 610 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of daily new cases staying in the 600s for the second straight day.
2. KDCA Commissioner 정은경 said today that South Korea has reported 190 confirmed cases of the more transmissible Delta virus variant, keeping the variant at an initial stage of entering the country.
3. Today, Education Minister 유은혜 revealed plans to expand in-person classes in stages for the fall semester, including universities, that would depend on the pace of COVID-19 vaccination rollout.
4. In a statement released by state media, North Korea's Foreign Minister 리선권 said Wednesday that North Korea is "not considering even the possibility of any contact with the United States".
5. Today, during a luncheon meeting at 청와대 on the eve of the anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, President 문재인 said that his government will treat war veterans and other patriots with the highest level of respect.
6. President 문재인 will be joining the upcoming virtual group summit with leaders of eight Central American countries, also known as SICA, set to be held on Friday.
7. White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday, local time, that the delta variant now accounts for roughly 20% of newly diagnosed cases in the U.S. and will become the dominant COVID-19 strain in the nation in a matter of weeks.
8. During a CDC meeting on Wednesday, the U.S. FDA decided to move quickly to add a warning on rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults to fact sheets for the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.