The number of COVID-19 deaths per day reached 470, breaking the record.
Experts are concerned that up to 1,000 people will die more than twice as many as now.
There are 395,598 new COVID-19 confirmed patients today.
Although the number of confirmed cases has decreased by more than 95,000 from the previous day, the cumulative number of confirmed cases is approaching 11 million.
The government predicts that the next one to two weeks will be a turning point in overcoming the COVID-19 crisis.
The number of deaths increased by 470 in a day, the highest since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Korea.
On the 17th, it recorded the highest number of 429, but today it was 41 more.
The cumulative death toll is 13,902 and the fatality rate is 0.13%.
The number of deaths is expected to increase in earnest as the number of confirmed cases increases and the number of deaths increases in two to three weeks.
[Lee Sang-won/Director of epidemiological investigation and analysis at Central Disease Control Headquarters] The average death toll this week is increasing a little more than last week. I think there is a possibility that it will increase a little in the future]
Experts feared that the daily death toll would more than double to 1,000 than it is now.
The number of critically ill patients decreased by 3 from the previous day to 1,881.
It has been recording four digits for 17 consecutive days since it exceeded 1,000 on the 8th.
The nationwide utilization rate of intensive care beds was 64.6%, up 0.2 percentage points from the previous day.
Today, reservations for vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 began.
For the first and second vaccination intervals, a pediatric vaccine developed by Pfizer is used every eight weeks.
The quarantine authorities said that the guardian should autonomously determine whether to be vaccinated, and actively recommended vaccination to high-risk children at high risk of worsening to severe conditions.