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All News 13:30 August 12, 2021

The following is the first summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Thursday.

New cases still hover around 2,000; 4th wave of pandemic yet at peak

SEOUL -- South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases fell back below 2,000 on Thursday, but the peak of the current wave of the pandemic has not yet come amid calls for tougher measures to bring virus infections under control and slow vaccinations.

The country added 1,987 COVID-19 cases, including 1,947 local infections, raising the total caseload to 218,192, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

(LEAD) Economic fallout from 4th wave of pandemic to loom larger from Aug: minister
(ATTN: RECASTS lead; UPDATES with more details in paras 4, 6-10; ADDS photo)

SEOUL -- The potential economic fallout of the fourth wave of the pandemic will be "inevitable" starting in August amid concerns that the recent virus resurgence will likely slow the economic recovery, South Korea's top economic policymaker said Thursday.

Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said the government will make efforts to minimize the economic shocks from the latest flare-up in COVID-19 cases.


N. Korea unresponsive to S. Korea's hotline calls for 3rd day

SEOUL -- North Korea did not answer South Korea's phone calls via cross-border communication lines for the third straight day Thursday, officials said, in apparent protest against the summertime military exercise between the South and the United States.

The morning calls via the inter-Korean liaison office and military communication channels in the eastern and western border regions went unanswered earlier in the day, according to the officials.

(LEAD) British submarine-Busan
(LEAD) British submarine arrives in Busan ahead of aircraft carrier's port call
(ATTN: ADDS defense ministry's comment in paras 4-5)

BUSAN/SEOUL -- A British nuclear-powered submarine accompanying the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier has arrived in the southern port city of Busan, the South Korean Navy said Thursday.

The HMS Artful submarine docked at the port of the Naval Operations Command in Busan early Wednesday ahead of the aircraft carrier's port call later this month, naval officials said.

(LEAD) Celltrion's COVID-19 antibody treatment wins emergency approval in Brazil
(ATTN: CLARIFIES info in 2nd para)

SEOUL -- South Korean pharmaceutical giant Celltrion Inc. said Thursday its COVID-19 antibody treatment has won an emergency approval from Brazilian authorities.

The Agencia Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria granted the approval for an emergency application of Rekirona in adult patients suffering a mild form of COVID-19 that may develop into a more severe phase.

Ex-Prosecutor General Yoon widens lead over Gyeonggi gov. in hypothetical 2-way presidential race: poll

SEOUL -- Ex-Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, the leading opposition presidential contender, widened his lead over his rival from the ruling bloc, Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung, in a hypothetical two-way presidential race, the latest poll showed Thursday.

According to the poll conducted by Realmeter on 2,031 voters nationwide from Sunday-Monday, 42.1 percent of the respondents said they will vote for Yoon of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) in a hypothetical two-horse race against Gyeonggi Gov. Lee Jae-myung, the front-runner among Democratic Party (DP) candidates.



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