South Korea reported 7-hundred 62 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday,… staying above the 7-hundred mark for the second day in a row.
Of the 7-hundred 12 locally-transmitted cases, the capital area accounted for more than 85-percent, with cluster infections increasing, especially among young people.
"New infections have been propelled by those in their twenties and thirties who actively move around, but have not yet been vaccinated."
Health authorities are also on high alert, as nine Delta variant cases have been confirmed from a cluster infection linked to an English language academy in Gyeonggi-do Province.
Concerns are growing over increasing imported cases as well, with more than half coming from Indonesia where the Delta variant is spreading rapidly.
In light of those concerns, the Greater Seoul area has decided to push back the implementation of the eased social distancing scheme by one week.
This means people will have to continue following the current measures, meeting up to a maximum of 4 people and closing businesses at 10 pm.
The new, more relaxed measures were supposed to be enforced nationwide from Thursday.
The capital area was set to be under the new level two of the four-tier scheme,… allowing private gatherings of up to 6 people in the first two weeks of July,… and up to eight people after that.
Operating hours for businesses would've also been extended by two extra hours,… until midnight.
With the situation under more control elsewhere,… regions outside the capital area have introduced the new scheme.
These areas are under level 1, the lowest on the new four-tier system.
Social gatherings of up to eight people are allowed in most regions.
And businesses outside the metropolitan area are exempt from restrictions.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.