South Korea reported 478 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the second day in a row the daily figure has been in the four hundreds.
460 of those cases were transmitted locally with over 40 percent of them coming from outside Seoul and the surrounding area.
Four more have died and cluster infections nationwide have pushed the total tally of those infected up to 106,230.
They include extra infections stemming from outbreaks at a restaurant and a preschool in Incheon, a bar in Busan and religious gatherings across the nation.
''This week will be a crucial turning point in whether we enter a fourth wave of infections or take a step towards returning to normal. What's especially worrisome is the increasing number of delayed diagnostic tests, even for people with symptoms."
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said the government's diagnostic capabilities are sufficient but also voiced concern over a growing sense of indifference to the virus among the public.
''Last winter's prolonged third wave has rendered people numb to the daily tallies, even when hitting the three to four hundred range. It's concerning that more people seem to consider violation of prevention measures not to be a big deal."
One source of comfort, though, is the rising number of people getting inoculated in the country.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported Tuesday that 35,970 more people got their first dose of the vaccine, raising the total to just under a million or about one.92 percent of the population.
Over 870-thousand people have been administered with the AstraZeneca vaccine, while close to 130-thousand received Pfizer's.
And 316 more people got their second doses of the Pfizer vaccine raising the total number of second dose vaccine recipients to 27,691.
Meanwhile, another one-hundred-44 suspected, adverse reactions to the shots have been reported along with four more post-vaccination deaths.
No link between the deaths and the vaccines has yet been confirmed.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.