The latest maritime seizure by Iran came ahead of negotiations over Iranian assets frozen in South Korean banks and amid increased tensions with the West over its nuclear program.
South Korea reported its biggest daily jump in COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Korea’s capability to control the COVID-19 pandemic has been widely praised. South Korea’s fast turnaround on testing and analysis followed by immediate quarantine and treatment for confirmed cases was regarded as one of the best responses by countries around the world.
In just 30 years at the helm, Lee Kun-Hee turned Samsung into a global force and transformed South Korea into one of Asia's top economies.
A typhoon that smashed South Korea, ripping off roofs and knocking out power to over 1,600 households, made landfall in North Korea early Thursday.
“We are now in a very dangerous situation that could trigger a massive nationwide spread of COVID-19,” Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said.
South Korea's professional baseball league officially opened, as three new cases of coronavirus represented the lowest daily jump in nearly three months. The KBO League began the season with a match behind closed doors in Incheon.