South Korea's top health official says that the country will soon have 70 percent of its population fully vaccinated.
Commissioner of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, Jeong Eun-kyeong said on Wednesday that 70 percent a pre-condition for the resumption of pre-pandemic life will likely be reached this weekend or by Monday next week.
South Korea's vaccination rate currently stands at 66.7 percent.
Commissioner Jeong added that authorities are currently drafting a comprehensive plan and are expected to make an announcement later this month, so that the nation can gradually phase into the so-called "Living with COVID-19" come November.
Meanwhile, South Korea reported 1,571 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, jumping by almost 500 from the day before.
This uptick in infections is partly due to increased testing during the weekdays.
More than three quarters of the infections stemmed from the greater Seoul area, but there were also chain infections detected in areas outside the capital region, notably Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
The region saw 75 new infections and more than two-thirds of them were linked to a cluster outbreak at a middle school in Yeongju.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News