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The following is the second roundup of top stories released by Yonhap News Agency on Monday.

(LEAD) New COVID-19 cases above 7,000 for third day amid lingering omicron fears

SEOUL (AP) — Daily coronavirus cases in South Korea remained above 7,000 for the third straight day Monday, amid growing concerns about the fast-spreading omicron variant that has become the dominant strain in the country. country.

The country added 7,513 new COVID-19 infections, including 7,159 local infections, bringing the total number of cases to 741,413, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

(LEAD) Moon calls for swift shift to new response measures to deal with omicron

SEOUL (AP) — President Moon Jae-in on Monday instructed the government to quickly switch to new response measures to tackle the spread of the omicron variant, warning the nation could see a short-term spike in infections.

“The spread of omicron is very fast, making it the dominant strain, and the number of confirmed cases could increase in a short period of time,” Moon said, according to Park Soo-hyun, senior presidential secretary for public communication.

Yoon vows to normalize military exercises with the US and enhance deterrence against the North

SEOUL (AP) — Leading opposition presidential candidate Yoon Suk-yeol vowed Monday that, if elected, he would normalize joint military exercises with the United States and enhance allies’ extended deterrent against North Korea’s nuclear threats. North.

The former attorney general representing the conservative People’s Power Party (PPP) announced his campaign promises on national security and foreign affairs focused on achieving the complete denuclearization of North Korea and strengthening the alliance with the US.

Unification minister to brief foreign envoys on North Korea policy

SEOUL – South Korea’s minister in charge of inter-Korean relations will brief foreign ambassadors and international organizations on the direction of the government’s policy on North Korea later this week, a ministry official said Monday.

Unification Minister Lee In-young plans to share his assessment of the recent security situation on the peninsula during Tuesday’s session attended by ambassadors and chargés d’affaires from 31 countries and representatives from the Seoul office of eight organizations. international, including the World Food Program. , ministry spokesman Lee Jong-joo told reporters.

China’s Xi sends congratulatory letter on Moon’s 70th birthday

SEOUL (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a letter congratulating President Moon Jae-in on his 70th birthday, a presidential spokesman said Monday.

Moon also sent a letter of thanks to Xi and they agreed to further develop bilateral ties as this year marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations, according to Moon spokesman Park Kyung-mee.

Prime Minister implores people to refrain from traveling during Lunar New Year by omicron

SEOUL (AP) — Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum called on people Monday to refrain from traveling during the Lunar New Year holidays as the highly transmissible omicron variant is beginning to take hold in South Korea.

Millions of people often travel across the country to meet relatives or visit tourist spots during the Lunar New Year holiday that falls on February 1 this year. The holiday runs from January 31 to February 2.

(LEAD) Seoul shares fall to 13-month low ahead of Fed meeting

SEOUL (AP) — South Korea’s main stock index plunged to a 13-month low on Monday as investors dumped local stocks ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy meeting. this week. The Korean won fell against the US dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) fell 42.29 points, or 1.49 percent, to close at 2,792 points. The KOSPI closed below the 2800 point mark for the first time since December 23, 2020.



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