[Korea Now Today's Headline] 09/27/MON
1. South Korea reported 2-thousand-383 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, amid a surge in infections after the 추석 holiday. The proportion of cases from outside the capital region is rising once again, reaching almost 30 percent.
2. Health authorities said Monday that South Korea will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to pregnant women and younger children starting October 18 as part of its efforts to inoculate more people amid little signs of letup in the fourth wave of the pandemic.
3. According to the official Korean Central News Agency, Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea’s leader 김정은 said North Korea could declare a formal end to the Korean War as suggested by South Korea and even discuss holding an inter-Korean summit if the South treats the North with "impartiality" and mutual respect. Meanwhile, the North remained unresponsive to South Korea’s calls via liaison and military hotlines Monday.
4. South Korea’s finance ministry announced on Monday that the government will implement from Friday a cashback incentive on credit card spending for the next two months. When monthly card spending is over three percent higher than the monthly average from the second quarter, it will give a ten-percent cashback for the excess.
5. Germany's Social Democrats are set on Monday to start the process of trying to form a government after they narrowly won their first national election since 2005 to end 16 years of conservative-led rule under Angela Merkel.