Corona 19 continues to write unwelcome records.

Yesterday (13th), the number of confirmed cases exceeded 1,600, recording the highest number again in four days.

It was tentatively counted that the number of people who were confirmed today also exceeded 1,200 as of 6 pm, a level similar to yesterday.

The government predicted that the number of confirmed cases would increase in the next week or so.

First news, this is reporter Kim Yong-tae.

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salesperson at the Shinsegae Department Store Gangnam branch was infected and the entire 10th floor was closed today.

The number of confirmed cases at the Hyundai Department Store Trade Center branch increased to 147, and 6 people were also confirmed at the Galleria Department Store in Apgujeong.

The number of group infections related to department stores in Seoul has already exceeded 160.

[Citizen in their 20s: I am afraid, but I think I will go anyway.

Because it is a large space.] The number of

confirmed cases in the metropolitan area including Seoul exceeded 1,100 for the first time.

The total number of confirmed cases jumped to 1,600, 230 more than the previous high four days ago, continuing an explosive increase.

As of 6 p.m. today, the number of people has already exceeded 1,200, and the spread has not stopped.

The quarantine authorities, who were concerned about the level of up to 2,300 at the end of August, predicted that the number of patients would increase for the time being.

[Lee Ki-il/Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters First Controller: Many people are participating in the 4th step of distancing, but I think it will take at least a week for the full effect to appear.]

Increase in patients in their 20s, Delta Anxiety factors such as the spread of mutations are still there, but the weekend traffic in the metropolitan area has decreased by 3.8% compared to the previous weekend.

The 4th stage of distancing in the metropolitan area will be applied until the 25th, but after the 26th, the quarantine guidelines will be decided after observing until the beginning of next week.

The government also introduced a four-step follow-up measure, such as increasing the on-site inspection of large distribution facilities such as department stores from once a week to five times a week and giving benefits to beaches with excellent quarantine.

(Video coverage: Kim Min-cheol, video editing: So Ji-hye, VJ: Oh Se-gwan)