South Korea's daily COVID-19 tally on Friday surpassed the 8-hundred mark for the first time in six months.
The country reported 8-hundred-26 new cases,… bringing the caseload to more than 158-thousand.
The Greater Seoul Area accounted for more than 80-percent of local transmissions for the third day in a row.
Health authorities are bracing for further spikes in the capital region,… with increasing cluster infections and cases linked to the Delta variant.
"Until we stabilize the scale of infections, we'll implement special management in high-risk regions, and special inspections for seven types of vulnerable facilities, like private academies and institutions."
Concerns are also growing over an uptick in imported cases.
On Friday, 61 new cases came from overseas - the highest in almost a year.
The majority were from Indonesia where the Delta variant is spreading rapidly.
Three more deaths were confirmed Friday,… raising South Korea's death toll to 2,24.
On the vaccination front, more than 10-percent of the total population,…some 5 million people,… have been fully vaccinated.
Those who've completed vaccinations have mostly been administered with Pfizer shots.
Nearly 30-percent of people in South Korea have received first shots, mainly AstraZeneca's.
Vaccines currently available in South Korea are those made by AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Janssen, and Moderna.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.