Just when the number of viral infections seemed to be going down, South Korea sees another spike in Covid cases.
South Korea reported 701 new infections on Saturday, quite a notable rise, considering that it's the first time in 10 days that the country has seen more than 700 daily cases.
Infections in the greater Seoul area accounted for almost 70 percent of the locally transmitted cases.
Regions outside the capital also saw a rise in infections, notably Ulsan which reported 47 local infections following an outbreak from one of its bathhouses that caused at least 11 new infections.
But Ulsan faces another problem due to Covid, this time financial.
With the area infested with the UK strain of the variant,..Ulsan city has been trying to curb the spread by amping up self-isolation policies.
They've put more than 4-thousand Ulsan residents in self-quarantine, three times the number of people in isolation back in January.
As a result, Ulsan city is struggling to secure the budget necessary to support those in self-quarantine and has already spent 700 million won more in support funds this year than the entirety of 2020.
Meanwhile, the South Korean government is strongly encouraging people to get their jabs.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, the commissioner of Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, headed to a vaccination center herself this Saturday to volunteer.
With a small bouquet of carnations on her chest, a symbol of appreciation for parents in celebration of the May 8th parents' day, she kindly helped the elderly vaccine recipients by filling out their forms and supporting them throughout the process.
She once again stressed that the vaccines were safe and only point-one percent of recipients show adverse reactions.
President Moon Jae-in chimed in, by saying, in light of parents' day, that vaccinations are the best gift to parents.
He added that sons and daughters would soon be able to visit parents in nursing homes, if they get vaccinated when it's their turn.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News