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new COVID-19 cases is expected to record around 1,600 today (24th). In particular, the spread of the non-metropolitan area is notoriously difficult, with the highest number of confirmed cases recorded during the fourth epidemic. In Busan, the number of confirmed cases is increasing even after upgrading the social distancing to level 3, and in Gangwon-do, the shortage of hospital beds is a reality.

Reporter Park Soo-jin.

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is a public bathhouse in Dongnae-gu, Busan.

After the first confirmed case on the 19th, 42 people including customers and staff were infected.

The number of confirmed cases may increase further as there are only 2,500 people who have been in contact with the public bath at the same time as the confirmed case.

The number of confirmed cases in Busan has been in the 100s for the third day, breaking new highs every day.

The city of Busan is also considering a level 4 upgrade.

[Lee So-ra / Director of the Busan City Citizen's Prevention Promotion Team: The 4th stage upgrade part is still in discussion with the city itself and with the main script. ] At

a large resort in Hongcheon, Gangwon-do, 14 employees were confirmed, and all 700 employees were tested.

The number of confirmed cases in Gangwon-do was 62, the highest ever, and the shortage of beds is also realizing.

There are currently 68 corona treatment beds, and the living treatment center can accommodate only 7 people.

At the daycare center in Seocho-gu, Seoul, 14 people have been confirmed so far.

Infants under the age of one and teachers who have completed the first vaccination were also included.

In the metropolitan area, the number of confirmed cases is decreasing slightly as the movement volume decreases.

However, there is concern about the spread of infection as the amount of movement in non-metropolitan areas increases due to the summer vacation season and the effect of the distance balloon effect.

The quarantine authorities have urged residents in the metropolitan area to refrain from long-distance travel and to postpone their vacation until August.