Concerning news heading into the weekend, with South Korea reporting its highest ever daily COVID-19 caseload since the start of the pandemic - well over 24-hundred cases.
Things were forecast to worsen after a long national holiday, but the effects are showing sooner than expected.
For more, Kim Do-yeon joins us at the News Center.
Do-yeon, the situation isn't looking good
Mark, unfortunately that's the case, as you said South Korea reported its highest ever daily COVID-19 caseload on Friday with 2,4-hundred-34 cases of which all but 18 were locally transmitted.
First, let's take a listen to what Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum had to say earlier.
"Despite all the efforts to prevent the spread, as if the Delta variant was proving its transmissibilty, just one day after the holiday, the highest daily caseload was reported. Many experts predicted the rise in movement would lead to a rise in cases, but the surge is surprising and it's disappointing to not be able to prevent the situation."
The previous full-day record was 2,221 on August 11th.
In addition, medical experts are now saying that the daily caseload could soon reach up to 3-thousand.
Seoul City broke its record as well with more than 900 cases for the first time.
There are concerns Seoul residents could've furthered the spread during the Chuseok holiday when millions hit the road.
Gangwon-do Province has already confirmed four cases that originated from contact with a Seoul resident.