[Korea Now Today's Headline] 10/05/TUE
1. According to unification ministry officials, South and North Korea held daily phone calls via their liaison and military hotlines Tuesday, a day after Pyongyang restored the inter-Korean communication channels.
2. The U.N report showed Monday that North Korea continues to advance its nuclear and ballistic missile programs despite worsening economic conditions exacerbated by U.N. Security Council sanctions. The report also said the North continues to evade sanctions by ever sophisticating means.
3. South Korea reported 1-thousand-575 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, while the number of confirmed cases fell below 16-hundred on fewer tests during an extended weekend, but new infections may rise down the road due to increased tests.
4. According to Health authorities, advance reservations for the vaccination of people aged 16 to 17 will start Tuesday, while the reservation process of booster shots for high-risk groups including the elderly will also start this month.
5. At a ceremony marking the 15th World Korean Day Tuesday, President 문재인 extended his gratitude for the Korean community for their interest and support for their home country amid the COVID-19 crisis.