South Korea saw another day with a high number of COVID-19 cases Tuesday reporting 746 new infections.
This is the first time since late last year that cases have been above 700 every day for an entire week.
Of the 690 locally transmitted cases, most of them came from Seoul and its surrounding areas.
At least 23 six-graders were also infected at an elementary school in Incheon raising concerns about more cluster infections.
A 'walk-through' testing center is going to be installed to test around 3-thousand students, teachers, and their family members.
Concerned about the recent spike in Delta variant cases Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum announced Tuesday stern measures against those violating virus prevention measures in the capital region.
Starting Thursday if a business owner is found to be violating the rules, even once their business will be shut down for 10 days.
"This means one strike, and you're out. It's a very strong policy that could see your business closed for 10 days."
He added that he understands the difficulties small business owners are facing but asked for their cooperation, in order to return to normalcy as soon as possible.
And he said the government will cooperate with local authorities to strengthen inspections at high-risk facilities.
The prime minister also raised concerns about young people spreading the virus as 3 out of 10 people recently infected with COVID-19 have been in their 20s.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.