South Korea's daily new virus cases rose above the four-hundreds for the second straight day.
While the country has decided to extend its current social distancing guidelines for two more weeks a draft of a new set of measures will be released next week.
Our Min Suk-hyen has the details.
South Korea reported 415 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, up 9 from the previous day.
Of the daily new cases, 405 were locally transmitted, and only 10 were from overseas.
The country's total caseload is now at over 89-thousand.
Infections continue to stem from the greater Seoul area accounting for about 79 percent of today's confirmed cases.
Cluster infections have also been reported, including a total of 25 cases from a plastic manufacturing factory and another 22 from an industrial complex all in Gyeonggi-do Province.
Health authorities are concerned as the virus's reproductive number - the number of secondary infections generated from one infected patient - still remains above 1.
They are also urging the public to avoid gatherings and adhere to anti-virus measures as COVID-19 vaccines rollout.
"Even if vaccinations begin, it takes a lot of time for them to have an effect against the transmission of the virus That's why it is necessary to comply with social distancing measures, so that we can keep the reproductive number low and contain the virus."
Due to these concerns the government has decided to extend the current social distancing guidelines by two more weeks until March 14th.
With the extension, the greater Seoul area will be at Level 2 social distancing measures, and the rest of the country will be under Level 1.5.
Restaurants and bars in the capital area can only run their businesses until 10 PM, and the ban on gatherings of five or more people will remain in effect.
Meanwhile, South Korea plans to unveil a draft of a new social distancing scheme next week to revise its current five-tier system.
The government says it will hear from various industries, associations, and experts before finalizing the revised guidelines.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.