You have seen the inspection station at this time, but the number of new confirmed cases has already recorded around 7,000 for the fourth day. The daily death toll was also the highest at 80. However, with the gloomy prospect that these 7,000 or 80 people will not be the end, strengthening the distance is being reviewed again.

Reporter Han Sang-woo reports.

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is a middle school in Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju.

Today (11th) at this school, 12 students a day were confirmed with Corona 19.

The previous day, two students were confirmed to be infected, and it is the result of a full investigation of 1,136 students and faculty.

As the spread continues, there are 6,977 new confirmed cases nationwide as of 0:00 this morning, the highest as of Friday.

After exceeding 7,000 on the 8th, it has already been around 7,000 for four days in a row.

The death toll also reached 80, the highest since the outbreak of COVID-19.

The rapid increase in the number of deaths is due to the high proportion of confirmed patients over the age of 60, which has a high fatality rate.

The fatality rate is less than 0.3% for people in their 50s and younger, but soars to 0.89% in their 60s, 3.66% in their 70s, and 12.52% in their 80s.

The decline in vaccine efficacy in older people who received the vaccine relatively early also seems to have had an impact.

The number of infected with the Omicron mutation increased by 12, so far, 75 people have been infected nationwide.

The government is concerned that the spread of the virus will worsen if the movement volume increases at the end of the year and the number of Omicron infections increases with the quarantine rules relaxed.

There are also projections that the daily number of confirmed cases could reach 10,000 and the death toll could reach 100.

[Choi Jae-wook/Professor of Infection Prevention Medicine, Korea University: There are currently no positive indicators of a situation that can be improved.

It seems that we have no choice but to strengthen the distance.]

It is noteworthy what countermeasures the government will take as it is contemplating special measures, including restrictions on private gatherings next week and limiting the operating time of multiple facilities.

(Video editing: Yoon Tae-ho, Video coverage: Kim Young-hwi KBC)