Let's begin with the COVID-19 situation here in the country.
South Korea broke YET another daily record on Thursday, exceeding the 18-hundred mark for the first time.
This comes as hundreds of cases were added from a massive cluster infection from the navy's Cheonghae Unit.
For more, let's turn to our Kim Dami who is on the line.
Dami, tell us more.
Mok-yeon, the country has reached yet another grim milestone, recording 18-hundred and 42 new COVID-19 cases in just one day.
That's the highest number since the pandemic began, topping the previous record of 17-hundred 84 from the day before.
270 confirmed cases from the South Korean Navy's Cheonghae Unit that returned from a mission in waters off Africa are also included, bringing the number of imported cases to 309.
It's the first time for imported cases to reach a three-digit figure.
On top of that, the fast-spreading Delta variant is making the situation even worse, creating cluster infections among local communities in the non-metropolitan area as well.
Under the circumstances, it's highly likely that the government will extend the current level four distancing measures in the greater Seoul area for two more weeks.
Local health authorities say they will wait until the weekend before considering a change to the current measures which are set to end on Sunday.
That may also include revising restrictions on private gatherings after 6 PM in the non-metropolitan area.
That's all I have. Back to you, Mok-yeon.