South Korea reported 178-thousand 5-hundred-74 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday the highest figure since mid-April.
Health authorities expect new daily cases to peak at around 200-thousand this month, before steadily dropping.
In light of the rise in cases, health authorities say that, starting this Saturday for six-weeks, designated hospitals in the capital area will open on weekends for people with severe symptoms as well as those in high-risk groups, including pregnant women and infants.
There were 61 more COVID-related deaths.
Four-hundred-70 patients are in critical condition.