South Korean health experts say that the country is on the edge of entering a fourth wave of COVID-19 after the country recorded 668 cases on Wednesday.
This is the highest number of cases in 89 days, when cases were falling after the peak of the third wave.
To stop the spread, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun at a meeting on Wednesday said the government will ramp up testing.
"We used to offer free COVID-19 tests depending on the social distancing level or symptoms. From now on, we'll let people get free tests at all testing centers across the country."
Health authorities on Friday will announce any possible changes in the distancing measures for next week.
More than 100 people in the country are severely ill from the virus, and with four additional fatalities reported on Wednesday, the death toll stands at over 17-hundred.
More than one million people in South Korea have so far received their first shot of the vaccine.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.