The number of new coronavirus cases is still not coming down despite the most populous areas of the country being at the highest level of social distancing.
Today more than 2-thousand cases.
In Seoul, the dominant strain is now the Delta variant.
Some regions say they're running out of hospital beds.
Choi Min-jung reports.
South Korea on Wednesday reported 2,1-hundred-55 new cases of COVID-19.
This is the country's second highest daily tally.
All but 41 cases were locally transmitted and the majority were confirmed in the greater Seoul area.
Seoul alone reported more than 6-hundred-70 cases the highest ever reported in the capital.
According to health authorities on Wednesday, this is mainly due to the spread of the Delta variant which has now become the dominant strain in Seoul.
More than 90-percent of recent cases were caused by the Delta variant.
The number of critically ill patients also hit a record-high, reaching 4-hundred-34.
According to health authorities, around 30-percent of hospital beds are available as of Tuesday afternoon.
However, with the prolonged fourth wave of the pandemic, some regions are experiencing a severe shortage of hospital beds.
The cities of Daejeon, Sejong, and Chungcheongnam-do Province each have only one bed left.
"The number of severely ill patients tends to increase 2 weeks after there's an uptick in the number of infections, and that is what's happening right now. However, the number of patients is expected to further increase from September. The most important thing right now is first, to stop the number of infections from increasing and second, increase the vaccination rate."
With less than a month left until the Chuseok holiday or Korean Thanksgiving, the government says it will review the virus prevention measures for the holiday, while monitoring the current infection trend.
"We will decide on matters regarding travel to other regions and family gatherings when we come up with measures before the Chuseok holiday."
Meanwhile, train reservations for this year's Chuseok holiday will open from August 31st to the 2nd of September through 100-percent non-contact methods using the internet or the phone.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.