[Korea Now Today's Headline] 07/01/THU
1. On Thursday, South Korea reported 762 new COVID-19 cases, with more than 85 percent of the local infections being reported out of the wider Seoul area.
2. Starting today, people that have received at least a first jab of a COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to travel outdoors without masks, while eased social distancing rules are being enforced nationwide except for the Seoul metropolitan area
3. Today, the KDCA announced its vaccination plans for July, which includes first shots of the Moderna for people aged between 55 and 59 starting on the 26th, while high school seniors and teachers will be getting the Pfizer vaccine starting on the 19th.
4. On Thursday, the government proposed an extra budget of 33 trillion won to fund another round of COVID-19 relief aid packages, including 250,000 won for people in the bottom 80 percent income bracket and up to 9 million won for smaller merchants hit by the pandemic.
5. An autonomous police system went into effect nationwide on Thursday, which President 문재인 said was designed to disperse power within the police and also to provide people with more community-oriented policing services.
6. Starting today, South Korea is expanding its enforcement of a 52-hour work week policy which now also applies to smaller businesses with 5 to 49 employees.
7. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping struck a defiant tone to a massive audience gathered at Tiananmen Square, saying that "the era of China being slaughtered and bullied is gone forever."
8. On Wednesday, local time, Myanmar's military authorities released more than 2,000 detainees, including journalists and others held on incitement charges for taking part in the February 1 protests.