South Korea's health authorities announced Sunday that social distancing measures outside the greater capital region are rising to level three from Tuesday giving the regions 24 hours to make the necessary adjustments.
"The government is raising social distancing to level three outside the capital area for two weeks from July 27th to August 8th."
Level three restrictions allow private gatherings of up to four people, and limit events like weddings and funerals to no more than 49.
Restaurants, cafes and karaoke bars have to close by 10 PM.
Some regions decided to go a step further to level four.
One is the central city of Daejeon, whose mayor, Her Tae-jeong, said Sunday that level four will apply for the same two-week period starting Tuesday.
The number of cases in Daejeon over the past week was almost 500, which is an average of 71.3 new cases a day, exceeding the level-four threshold of 60.
Cases have been trending higher across the whole country.
On Sunday, South Korea reported 1-thousand 4-hundred 87 new cases which is the highest number yet on the weekend.
Of the total, the Greater Seoul area accounted for 8-hundred 76 cases, and that's the first time in five days it has been below 9-hundred.
Outside the capital area, however, new cases have surged to 5-hundred 46 which accounts for more than 38-percent of the cases nationwide.
But, that's the highest ratio in this wave of the pandemic.
As for vaccines, around one third of the population have received at least one dose.
The campaign will be speeding up now.
On Monday, the vaccinations will start for people in a general public in their 50s.
First, for age 55 to 59 who will get either Pfizer or Moderna, the group will go on until August 14th, and then it will be the age 50 to 54.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.