South Korea has once again reported the highest number of cases for a Tuesday.
The country confirmed 2,2-hundred-89 cases,… a relatively high number considering the fewer tests done over the weekend.
Observers say the figure will likely increase further on Wednesday.
All but 19 cases were locally transmitted,… with almost 74-percent coming from the capital region.
Despite the resurgence, the government reaffirmed that it would develop gradual steps to return to normal,… by possibly late October to early November.
This is when more than 90-percent of the elderly population, and 80-percent of the adult population is expected to be fully vaccinated.
"As experts agree, taking steps back to normal is a direction we must take. But this will only be possible if infection risks are reduced with high vaccination rates and the spread is under control so that medical systems can cope."
South Korea's health minister also said that the authorities are considering "vaccine passes" for the fully inoculated.
Like in Germany, those with passes will be exempt from many restrictions.
The authorities are also reviewing measures to ease restrictions for gatherings and places like restaurants and cafes for those who have been fully vaccinated.
But for the time being, authorities are strongly advising people to abide by the current anti-virus measures,… as concerns are growing over another spike with upcoming three-day holidays in the coming weeks.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.