South Korea today recorded its highest coronavirus tally since the pandemic started, surpassing well over three-thousand.
Authorities did warn of a post-holiday surge, but the jump is much higher and faster than anticipated.
Choi Min-jung reports.
South Korea's daily COVID-19 tally is breaking record after record.
On Saturday, the country reported an all-time high of 3-thousand 2 hundred 73 new cases surpassing the 3-thousand mark for the first time.
The new record comes only a day after the country reported the highest single-day tally on Friday with more than 24-hundred cases.
"The number of patients spiked mainly due to the continued spread of the Delta variant, the increase in the number of people traveling before and after Chuseok, and with more contact being made between people."
Health authorities are advising people to refrain from gatherings as they are bracing for infections to further increase in the next two weeks.
Observers say the post-Chuseok surge will likely delay the government's plans to return to normal life starting from the end of October.
That is when the government predicts more than 70-percent of the population to have been fully vaccinated.
On a positive note, the country's vaccination rate has sped up since the end of the long holiday.
From Monday to Wednesday, during Chuseok less than 50-thousand people a day received shots.
But on Thursday, a whopping 930-thousand people got vaccinated.
However, the vaccination rate is slowing down among those who have yet to get a jab due to refusals and personal reasons.
Over the past week, less than 3-percent of those eligible reserved shots.
Meanwhile, adolescents aged 12 to 17 are set to get vaccinated in the fourth quarter of this year.
The authorities stressed that inoculations would not be forced upon people by schools and individuals would have the right to make their own decisions.
Around 2.7 million teenagers are eligible for the shots and will be receiving Pfizer's vaccine.
The authorities will announce specific vaccination plans for this age bracket on Monday.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.