South Korea on Friday reported 5-hundred-25 new cases, staying below the 600 mark for the second straight day.
Local transmissions account for more than 500 cases with only 16 coming from overseas.
The health authorities are working to bring that figure below the 500 mark.
"To have stable control of virus prevention efforts, alleviate the nation's anxiety and support the economic recovery, the headquarters will put its full efforts into making sure the daily tally falls below 500."
The greater Seoul area remains a virus hotspot more than 63 percent of the local cases coming from the region.
Seoul alone reported 1-hundred-77 cases on Friday.
Major clusters include one from Noryangjin fisheries wholesale market in Seoul's Dongjak-gu District with at least 14 people confirmed leading to almost 2,700 people requiring a COVID-19 test.
And in a cluster linked to a family, restaurant and church a total of 18 people have now been confirmed to have the virus.
As of Friday, around 7 percent of the total population in Korea have received the vaccine. Health authorities are aiming to give vaccines to 13-million people by the end of next month.
Meanwhile, the 203 South Korean nationals who left India on Thursday have arrived home, part of the country's efforts to bring back its nationals from the virus-hit country.
The passengers were on board a special Asiana Airlines chartered flight the second out of the twelve flights scheduled for this month.
Another 170 nationals are set to arrive on Sunday.
All arrivals from India must stay in government designated facilities for seven days.
If they test negative again, they will be able to stay in quarantine for a further week at their homes.
They will then have to get tested a third time for their quarantine to be lifted.
Kim Sung-min , Arirang News