South Korea recorded 674 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, with over two-thirds of cases coming from the capital region.
These include cluster infections from funerals and private educational institutions.
With 35 more fatalities, the death toll stands at 1,081.
"The current outbreak has passed its peak and is slowly going down. However, it's too early to loosen up as it is still winter and there's the risk of COVID-19 variants."
And to stop the spread of COVID-19 variants, all foreigners flying into South Korea must submit negative COVID-19 results from tests taken within three days prior to departure starting this Friday.
The same measures will apply to those arriving by sea from January 15th.
Social distancing regulations for indoor sports facilities will be eased slightly from this Friday.
Those facilities that train children and students will be allowed to have a maximum of nine clients attending at the same time.
However, sports facility owners say it won't be much help as most users are adults.
Even though the country's new cases are slowly going down, there is still the risk of COVID-19 variants.
A total of 14 cases of the UK variant and one case of the South Africa variant have been reported in the country.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.