[Korea Now Today's Headline] 06/30/WED
1. On Wednesday, South Korea reported 794 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of daily new cases marking this year’s biggest jump, spiking to an over two-month high.
2. Health authorities said today that the eased social distancing rules set to be in effect Thursday will be tightened again if the spread of infections continues to worsen.
3. The KDCA announced a postponement for the implementation of the eased social distancing rules in the Seoul Metropolitan area for a week, as well as maintaining the current ban on gatherings of 5 or more people.
4. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced that an agreement will be signed to form a travel bubble with Saipan, allowing quarantine-free tours for South Koreans who are fully vaccinated.
5. During a meeting with the heads of constitutional institutions, President 문재인 spoke of the elevated global stature of South Korea, from admiration of restored democracy through candlelight vigils as well as high regards now for pandemic-related response capabilities.
6. During a press briefing held on Tuesday, local time, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. fully respects South Korea's decision to skip the "Sea Breeze 21" multinational naval exercise, and that it does not affect the two countries' alliance in any way.
7. Police in western Canada said that a searing heatwave with a new record temperature of 47.9 degrees Celcius may have contributed to causing the dozens of sudden deaths in Vancouver.
8. On Tuesday, local time, U.S. drugmaker Moderna released preliminary data indicating that its COVID-19 vaccine showed to be effective against the Delta variant strain.