The number of new COVID-19 cases in South Korea is the highest yet for any Tuesday, at 1,5-hundred-97.
That's an increase of 200 from the same day a week before, and considering that cases normally go down on Tuesdays due to less testing over the weekend, this could mean a potential uptick in the future.
Of Tuesday's cases, all but 34 were locally transmitted.
The greater Seoul area, still at the highest level of social distancing, accounted for 66.4 percent of the total.
Of particular concern is the Delta variant, which continues to spread rapidly.
From August 29th to September 4th, there were some 3,90 variant cases, Delta making up 99 percent of them.
Of those, more than 2,800 cases were locally transmitted.
Many of the variant cases are breakthrough infections, meaning they're detected in people who are fully vaccinated.
"To date, there have been 3,8-hundred-55 breakthrough cases, infecting around zero.zero-4 percent of fully vaccinated people. The highest rate of infection is among people in their 30s."
Out of the 38-hundred breakthrough infections, more than 82 percent were variants.
Though case numbers remain high, the government is slowly easing some restrictions, a move toward what some are referring to as living "with corona."
However, health authorities on Tuesday asked people not to use that phrase, saying it could diminish the seriousness of the situation and undermine the government's virus prevention efforts.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News.