The following is the first summary of the main stories offered by the Yonhap News Agency on Tuesday.
(LEAD) New daily cases greater than 1,000 for the week, delta variant spreading rapidly
SEOUL – Daily new coronavirus cases in South Korea rose by more than 1,000 for the seventh day in a row on Tuesday, as concerns were high over a further rise in new infections amid the rapid spread of the delta variant more contagious and of the summer season despite the hardening of the brakes to viruses.
The country added 1,150 new cases of COVID-19, including 1,097 local infections, bringing the total number of cases to 170,296, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). The count is up slightly from 1,100 on Monday.
(LEAD) Next year’s minimum wage set at 9,160 won, up 5.1% year-on-year
SEOUL – A national commission on Monday set the minimum hourly wage for next year at 9,160 won (US $ 7.98), an increase of 5.1% year-over-year.
The Minimum Wage Commission, which is made up of nine members each from workers, businesses and the general public, reached the agreement around midnight in a plenary session held at the government compound in Sejong.
(LEAD) Foreign Ministry appeals to Japanese diplomat over new Dokdo allegations in defense white paper
SEOUL – The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on a Japanese diplomat to lodge a protest after Tokyo renewed its claims on South Korea’s islets of Dokdo in an annual defense policy document.
The ministry expressed regret to Hirohisa Soma, deputy chief of mission at the Japanese embassy in Seoul, after Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi released this year’s defense white paper claiming Dokdo during a Cabinet session chaired by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Scorching heat wave covers South Korea
SEOUL – Scorching weather continued to hit South Korea on Tuesday with heat advisories and warnings in place for most of the country.
Seoul had the first tropical night of the year on Monday.
Moon appoints former Deputy Justice Minister
SEOUL – President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday appointed Kang Sung-kook, a former judge who is currently a senior official in the Justice Ministry, as the new deputy justice minister, Cheong Wa Dae said.
Kang, head of the ministry’s legal affairs office, to fill vacancy when former vice justice minister Lee Yong-gu resigned in early June after becoming embroiled in controversy over his unpunished assault on a driver taxi ride last year, according to the presidential spokesman. Kyung-mee Park. Kang’s term will begin on Wednesday.
South Korea vigilant of market volatility due to virus resurgence: official
SEOUL – South Korea will be monitoring the financial market closely as an outbreak of COVID-19 cases and the spread of more contagious virus variants could increase market volatility, a senior government official said on Tuesday.
First Deputy Finance Minister Lee Eog-weon said the government will strengthen oversight of financial risks as global economic recovery may be slowed due to the spread of the more transmissible delta variant, first identified in India.
Money supply continues to grow in May
SEOUL – South Korea’s money supply continued to grow in May, as loans to households and businesses increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic, central bank data showed on Tuesday.
The country’s M2 stood at 3.385 trillion won ($ 2.9 trillion) at the end of May, up 0.6% from the previous month, according to preliminary data from the Bank of Korea (BOK) .
(LEAD) BTS extends # 1 streak on Billboard Hot 100 to seven straight weeks
SEOUL – K-pop sensation BTS ‘summer, fast-paced number “Butter” remained atop Billboard’s singles charts for the seventh consecutive week in the group’s best record since debuting.
“’Butter’ is officially # 1 on this week’s # Hot100 chart for a seventh week,” Billboard said on its Twitter account Monday (US time).