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,… with the Greater Seoul Area accounting 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,… as cluster infections continue to increase, especially among young people.
"It’s concerning to see a growing number of cases among younger generations who are more socially active. For the past week, four out of 10 cases were from those in their twenties and thirties."
In the capital area alone, the daily average number of confirmed cases stood at 5-hundred-9.
This means Seoul and the surrounding areas have already surpassed standards for social distancing level three, the second highest of the new scheme.
The Greater Seoul Area has already postponed the implementation of the new social distancing level two by one week.
"The government will work closely with local authorities to raise current social distancing measures whenever they're needed,…and also enforce more effective quarantine measures."
Experts say that the daily tallies could reach 1-thousand by mid-July.
Some added that stronger measures are needed for people coming into the country from overseas.
This comes as South Korea reported 61 new imported cases - the highest in almost a year.
The majority were from Indonesia where the highly transmissible Delta variant is spreading rapidly.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.