Covid-19 cases in South Korea have reached an all-time high, edging close to three,three hundred cases on Thursday.
This is the second day in a row that the country has seen a caseload of more than 3-thousand.
Critical cases on Thursday also remained above 500, after surpassing that mark for the first time on Wednesday.
With Seoul city seeing the most local infections, over 14-hundred, the city's hospitals are under strain.
Over 80 percent of ICU beds are in use, with less than 70 beds left for critically ill patients who need hospitalization.
On a nationwide scale, more than 60 percent of ICU beds are full.
But despite the surge, authorities say that it's not yet time to change the course of action for the 'gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
There was also a message from the Blue House, with President Moon Jae-in asking the people not to panic and urging government officials to work in full force to stabilize the situation.
He asked health officials to run the booster campaign according to the new schedule and to do their best in securing more ICU beds.
He said that the road back to normal,.. won't be an easy journey, especially judging by the situation in other countries that have taken this step ahead of South Korea.
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum on Friday morning will meet high level officials from hospitals in the capital region to discuss expanding the area's healthcare capacity.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News