South Korea reported 1-hundred-45 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, keeping the daily tally above a hundred for the third straight day.
Of those, 1-hundred-17 were locally transmitted mostly from the capital region with 28 from overseas.
A cluster infection at a call center in the city of Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do Province, has brought the daily caseload in that region up to 25.
As of Thursday, 21 people working at the call center had tested positive, but the number rose to 30 overnight after family members were confirmed to have contracted the virus.
South Korea will implement its five-level distancing measures starting from Saturday.
"We will maintain the distancing measures at level one, but the daily COVID-19 caseload is slowly going up. If this continues, we may have to consider strengthening the guidelines. We need your awareness and cooperation."
To contain the virus in Cheonan and the nearby city of Asan, health authorities have raised the distancing measures to level one.five.
South Korea reported one additional death on Friday, raising the death toll to 4-hundred-76.
The total number of COVID-19 cases is at 27-thousand 1-hundred-95.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.