Korea 24 - 2021.10.18


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Korea24 – 2021.10.18. (Monday)
News Briefing: A parliamentary audit on the Gyeonggi provincial government began on Monday, with Gov. Lee Jae-myung, the ruling Democratic Party's(DP) presidential candidate, in attendance. He faced questions from the main opposition People Power Party(PPP) lawmakers claiming that he orchestrated the Seongnam land development project, which is currently embroiled in corruption allegations. (Bryce Olk)
In-Depth News Analysis: South Korea recorded 1,050 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the lowest since July. This came as a new set of eased social distancing rules came into effect, with authorities expecting that it can introduce a phased return to normal life from two weeks' time. To get an overview of the current pandemic situation and how health authorities are planning ahead, Dr. Bryan Kim, an epidemiologist from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA), joins us on the line.
Korea Trending with Walter Lee:
1. A patient at a hospital has died after an oxygen cylinder got sucked into an MRI scanner while they were preparing to be screened. (MRI 찍던 환자, 빨려 들어온 산소통에 끼어 숨져)
2. A driver who fled after hitting a 6-year-old girl while driving in an apartment complex has been caught and convicted of a hit-and-run. (단지서 아이 쾅…'아파트 동'만 알려주고 떠난 운전자)
3. Korea’s largest art fair, the Korea International Art Fair, recorded its number of highest sales and visitors this year. (불붙은 미술시장…키아프 판매액 650억 원 '역대 최고')
Monday Sports Round-up: Footballer Son Heung-min scored on his return from international duty, putting rumors of a positive COVID-19 test behind him. Meanwhile, two K-league teams are set to face each other in an all-Korean AFC Champions League semifinal match. And the KBO regular season is now in its penultimate week, with battles for the pennant and wild card spots heating up. Sports journalist Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency brings us the latest.
Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi:
- In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon writes about the South Korea and Singapore travel bubble, which comes into effect from November 15th.
- In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwon Mee-yoo writes about the sixth edition of the “Gout de France” aka “Good France”, an international festival to promote French cuisine.

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