[Korea Now Today's Headline] 10/11/MON
1. Gyeonggi-do Province governor Lee Jae-myung was elected as the ruling Democratic Party’s candidate for next year's presidential election. Meanwhile, the shortlisted four candidates from People Power Party are set to hold their first TV debate in Gwangju.
2. South Korea reported 1-thousand-297 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, remaining under two-thousand for the third day. Despite the downward trend in infections, there are concerns about another potential spike after the holiday weekend.
3. Meanwhile, 6 out of 10 South Koreans have been fully vaccinated. The KDCA said it will be able to reach its goal of fully inoculating 70 percent of the population after giving the second dose to some 5.51 million people.
4. According to the North's state media on Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a lecture to mark the 76th founding anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party and stressed the need to improve people's living conditions.
5. China's special representative on Korean Peninsula affairs Liu Xiaoming held phone talks last Saturday with his U.S. counterpart Sung Kim for the first time in three months to discuss issues of the Korean Peninsula.
6. South Korean foreign minister Chung Eui-yong met his UAE counterpart in Dubai on Sunday and called for Dubai's support for South Korea's bid to host the 2030 World Expo.