We begin with the COVID-19 situation in South Korea.
The nation reported 574 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, possibly due to fewer tests over the Children's Day holiday.
Even so, cluster infections continue across the nation including those in two large department stores in Seoul.
Of Thursday's cases 562 were local, and 12 were from overseas.
Four more people died of the virus raising the death toll to 1,851.
Meanwhile as for the vaccination program, a total of more than 3 point 5 million people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
And beginning today, South Korea's health authorities will begin accepting reservations for COVID-19 vaccinations from people between 70 and 74 years old, as well as those with chronic respiratory diseases.
Reservations begin at 10AM, Korea time, with this group set to get the AstraZeneca shots.
People who are 65 to 69 can start reservations on May 10th, and those 60 to 64,.. three days after that.
The 65 to 74 age group will get their first shots from May 27th through June 19th.