[Korea Now Today's Headline] 10/07/THU
1. South Korea reported 2-thousand-427 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, while the confirmed cases remained in the 2-thousands for a second day in a row, amid concerns over the spread of the pandemic ahead of another extended weekend.
2. Health authorities announced on Thursday that if the spread of the COVID-19 'fourth pandemic' intensifies, it is predicted that the number of new confirmed cases per day could increase to around 5-thousand at the end of this month. Against this backdrop, the government is considering a gradual shift into a phase of "living with COVID-19" starting in November.
3. A senior U.S. administration official said on Wednesday local time, that the United States and China have agreed in principle for their Presidents to hold a virtual meeting before the end of the year. It took about seven months after the high-level summit on March before they agreed to face each other.
4. At the ministerial meeting on Thursday, the South Korean government discussed the direction of response to the U.S. request for information on semiconductors. The government will consult with the U.S. through various channels based on the Semiconductor Cooperation Partnership between the two nations established after the South Korea-U.S summit in May.
5. According to tentative data from the central Bank of Korea on Thursday, South Korea posted a current account surplus for the 16th consecutive month in August. The country's current account surplus came to seven-point-51 billion U.S. dollars in August.
6. President 문재인said Thursday that the Earth is getting warmer at a much faster speed than expected and called for swift action to curb global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.