Voicing concerns a fourth wave of the pandemic may be near, South Korea's health minister Kwon Deok-chul is urging citizens once again to cooperate and strictly follow quarantine measures.
During a national briefing Sunday, Kwon said the daily number of infections could even exceed one thousand before too long.
Noting that the movement of people has risen during the warmer spring weather, he pressed citizens in South Korea to cancel all non-essential meetings.
As the country's vaccination program speeds up this month, the health minister also strongly encouraged all people to get vaccinatedfor themselves and for their loved ones.
In fact, the third wave that started last mid-November is still ongoing.
Despite fewer tests being conducted over the weekend, South Korea on Sunday still reported 543 new cases of COVID-19.
The daily figure has been in the five-hundred range for five straight days, a first for South Korea in nearly three months.
While over 60 percent of the new cases were from the greater Seoul area, infections were also scattered nationwide.
The southern city of Busan confirming 60.
Daejeon, a city in central Korea, reporting 28.
In the meantime, financial aid for parental leave during the pandemic will continue this year.
Starting Monday, parents who have to take leave from work to look after children eight or younger can apply for aid worth up to some five-hundred U.S. dollars.
To lessen the burden on workers on unpaid leave, the labor ministry started the support last March and has decided to extend it into this year as well.
Parents who meet the criteria can sign up on the labor ministry's website or visit their local employment center to apply.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.