<Anchor> The

number of new corona cases is breaking the record for the most every day. If today (22nd) also includes the number of confirmed patients in the Cheonghae Unit, it is likely to exceed the record set yesterday again. As the virus spreads rapidly across the country, plans to limit evening gatherings in non-metropolitan areas are also being considered.

Reporter Jung Gu-hee reports.

<Reporter> As of

9pm last night, the number of new COVID-19 cases was 1,456.

If the number of confirmed cases after 9:00 and the 270 cases of the Cheonghae Unit are included, the total number will increase to around 1,800, and there is a possibility that the number of confirmed cases will be recorded again.

In the past week, the average daily number of confirmed cases in the metropolitan area increased by about 5% to 1,000, while the non-metropolitan area increased by more than 40%.

In a PC room in Daejeon, one of the users was confirmed and then 27 other users were infected.

In the same local call center, 22 people including workers were confirmed one after another, and the weekly average daily infections in Daejeon reached the level of 4 upgrades.

[Daejeon City Official: We will monitor the situation until the weekend and if there is still no improvement, we will review (level 4) now.]

As the number of confirmed

cases in

14 cities and provinces across the country, including Busan and Gyeongnam, increased noticeably, the corona-safe area disappeared.

It is analyzed that the 'delta mutation', which has strong transmission power, and the increase in the amount of travel during the holiday season are spreading the 4th pandemic, which started mainly in the metropolitan area, nationwide.

[Kim Bu-gyeom / Prime Minister: The end of July and early August, when vacations are concentrated, are expected to be the biggest turning point of this fashion. For this time, please take a 'safe vacation' rather than a 'vacation together'.] The

government is reviewing measures to limit the number of gatherings after 6 pm in non-metropolitan areas as in the metropolitan area.

It will be announced on Sunday, the last day, whether or not to extend the 4th phase of distance in the metropolitan area.