[Korea Now Today's Headline] 07/16/FRI
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-536 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, with cluster infections popping up both in the capital region and the rest of the country.
2. In a social media post on Friday, President 문재인 has characterized this weekend as a critical crossroad in the country's efforts to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, and asked citizens to limit their movements and social gatherings as much as possible.
3. Prime Minister 김부겸asked regional governments to consider setting limits for private gatherings at a maximum of four people to avoid confusion among the public.
4. Starting next Monday, the Pfizer vaccines will be administered to high school seniors and faculty members. Meanwhile, the state vaccine task force said about 8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in Korea before the end of this month.
5. The South Korean government is sending quarantine supplies to Korean nationals in Myanmar and Indonesia due to the worsening virus situations there.
6. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit Seoul next week for talks on regional and global issues with her South Korean counterpart 최종건.
7. South Korea on Friday said that it will seek to launch a working group on cyber security with the U.S. to protect against online threats to national security and infrastructure.
8. An emergency APEC summit will be held on Friday to discuss responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The leaders of 21-nations, including U.S. President Joe Biden, Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping will participate in the summit.
9. The head of the WHO on Thursday urged China to be transparent, open, and cooperate, saying the probe into the origin of the pandemic is being hampered by the lack of raw data from the first days of the spread.