In this way, the corona situation is still continuing, and no one is free from the risk of corona, but it was found that the number of corona deaths varied greatly depending on income level.

Reporter Kim Deok-hyeon reports that the number of deaths was higher among the vulnerable with low income.


The National Health Insurance Corporation classified 4.8 million people who visited medical institutions due to the corona virus according to their income.

The difference by income was found in the number of deaths.

From January 2020 to May this year, the total number of deaths was 971, with 199 people in the bottom 10% of income, accounting for 20.5% of the total.

The death toll of the top 10% of income earners, more than double the death toll of 93.

Expanding to the bottom 20% of incomes, this amounts to 33.2% of deaths.

The lower the income, the greater the damage from the corona virus.

[Kim Jin-seok / Professor, Department of Social Welfare, Seoul Women's University: There were people who couldn't rest despite being sick.

In terms of infection, it is true that people with low social status were more exposed, and it is true that they are less protected.] As

the government significantly reduced support for confirmed cases from the 11th, low-income people may suffer more.

Support for home treatment expenses has disappeared, and paid vacation expenses for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) workers have been decided to be provided only to companies with fewer than 30 employees.

You will also have to pay the medical expenses of around 10,000 won and medicines of around 6,000 won.

[Kim Yoo-hyeon / Director of the Doori Disabled Living Center: Live a month with a living wage of 580,000 won.

This cannot be seen as a social safety net.

The poor are in an environment on the verge of starvation.]

There are many opinions that the social safety net should be broadened by significantly increasing the 'standard median income', which determines the target of welfare support.

The government was going to decide the extent of the 'standard median income' increase for next year today (25th), but the decision was delayed because the Ministry of Strategy and Finance insisted on a small increase due to the economic deterioration.

(Video coverage: Kim Min-cheol, video editing: Choi Eun-jin, data provided: Kim Hoe-jae's office)