The following is the first summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Friday.
(2nd LD) New cases above 1,600 amid 4th wave of pandemic; toughest curbs in wider Seoul extended
SEOUL — South Korea’s daily new coronavirus cases dropped Friday from the previous day’s all-time high, but authorities extended the toughest virus curbs in the wider Seoul area to curb a further rise in new infections.
The country added 1,630 COVID-19 cases, including 1,574 local infections, raising the total caseload to 185,733, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
(LEAD) Greater Seoul to be under toughest curbs for 2 more weeks
SEOUL — South Korea will extend the toughest virus restrictions in the greater Seoul area for another two weeks amid no signs of a letup in the fourth wave of new COVID-19 outbreaks, health authorities said Friday.
Seoul, the surrounding Gyeonggi Province and the western port city of Incheon have been placed under Level 4, the highest in the four-tier virus curbs, since July 12, and the measures
(Olympics) S. Korea going for multiple gold medals right out of the gate in Tokyo
TOKYO — Every country starts at zero in the medal count at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, the first full day of competition after the opening ceremony. By the end of it, South Korea is hoping it will have a crooked number next to it on the table.
South Korea will look to grab a handful of gold medals in archery, fencing, shooting and taekwondo.
(Olympics) With 2 Olympic records, S. Korea throws down gauntlet early in archery
SEOUL — Not that anyone needed more proof of their country’s dominance, but South Korean archers broke two Olympic records in the preliminary stage at the Tokyo Summer Games on Friday.
An San won the women’s ranking rounds with 680 points out of a maximum 720 at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Tokyo, breaking a 25-year-old Olympic record by seven points. Archers took 36 arrows in each of the two halves, with a maximum 10 points per arrow.
(LEAD) Vice FM Choi, Deputy Secretary Sherman hold talks on N. Korea, global issues
SEOUL — First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman held talks in Seoul on Friday over stalled nuclear diplomacy with North Korea and other bilateral and global issues.
The strategic dialogue comes as Washington pushes to cement regional alliances and partnerships to confront shared challenges, including China’s growing assertiveness.
Court rules against U.S. composer in plagiarism suit over ‘Baby Shark’
SEOUL — A Seoul court on Friday ruled against an American composer in a plagiarism suit he brought against the producer of the popular South Korean children’s song “Baby Shark” two years ago.
The Seoul Central District Court rejected a claim by New York-based composer Johnny Only that “Baby Shark,” a world-famous song released by South Korean education startup SmartStudy in 2015, copied his 2011 song.
N. Korea is one area U.S. and China share ‘aligned’ interests: State Dept.
WASHINGTON — The United States and China may share similar interests when it comes to the issue of denuclearizing North Korea despite their sometimes competitive and even adversarial relationship, a State Department spokesman said Thursday.
Ned Price made the remarks as Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is set to visit China for discussions on issues that will include ways to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear and provocative ballistic missile programs.
BTS to perform on BBC radio show ‘Live Lounge’ next week
SEOUL — K-pop juggernaut BTS will appear on the popular BBC radio show “Live Lounge” next week, the group’s agency said Friday.
The group will perform its first Billboard Hot 100 chart topper “Dynamite,” its latest hit song “Permission to Dance” and a special cover of “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans on the British radio show next Tuesday (local time), Big Hit Music said.