[Korea Now Today's Headline] 07/23/FRI
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-630 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, with cases outside the greater Seoul area, reaching the highest percentage yet at 35.9%.
2. South Korea extends Level 4 distancing measures in the Seoul metropolitan area for two more weeks until August 8th.
3. Health authorities announced on Friday that more than 80 percent of people in their 50s have made reservations to get vaccinated, and the authorities will announce a more detailed schedule for August during the last week of July.
4. President 문재인 will hold a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on Sunday, and plans to review the nationwide pandemic response posture, and the situation at local governments.
5. At today's bilateral summit between South Korea and the U.S,U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman expects a"Constructive way" forward with North Korea, while seeking cooperation with China on the issue, as well.
6. On Thursday, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has adopted a resolution stating that Japan failed to provide sufficient explanation of Korean victims of wartime forced labor, expressing "strong regrets" over Tokyo's failure to act on its pledge.
7. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics officially kicks off tonight with an opening ceremony.
Today's ceremony will be held without spectators for the first time in history due to quarantine issues.
8. South Korea on Thursday endured its hottest day of the season. The temperature in Seoul will rise to 37 degrees celsius tomorrow and maintain its heatwave.