[Korea Now Today's Headline] 08/26/THU
1. South Korea reported 1-thousand-882 New COVID-19 cases on Thursday, while daily cases have stayed above 1,000 for 51 days in a row.
2. According to the state vaccine task force on Thursday, those aged 18 to 49 haved received their first shots across the country starting today. Those receiving shots this week are scheduled to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
3. According to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, a military transport aircraft carrying 3-hundred 78Afghans who assisted in South Korean operations in Afghanistan arrived in South Korea this afternoon.
4. President 문재인 said Thursday that the government will provide complete support for South Korea's high-tech startups and entrepreneurial ventures as the country aims to emerge as one of the world's four major venture powerhouses.
5. Finance Minister 홍남기 said on Thursday that the government will begin doling out the latest round of COVID-19 relief payouts for the general public ahead of the 추석 holiday. Each person in the lower 88-percent income bracket will receive 250-thousand won.
6. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that there are approximately 1-thousand 500 Americans left in Afghanistan. Blinken added that the State Department has been in direct contact with 500 other Americans in the last 24 hours with instructions on how to safely travel to the airport for evacuation.