We begin with the COVID-19 situation in South Korea.
The daily caseload has surpassed 2-thousand for the first time in a week.
Surges are usually seen on Wednesdays as slowed testing over the weekend is no longer a factor.
The number is also viewed as a clearer reflection of current conditions.
For more, we have our Kim Do-yeon at the News Center.
Do-yeon, despite today's jump, on a week-to-week basis the daily caseload has been on the decline.
That's right Mark, but still South Korea reported 2,and-25 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday of which 33 were locally transmitted.
A spike is generally expected on Wednesday as you said, with the number not impacted by slower testing over the weekend.
It's 653 more cases than yesterday.
However, compared to a week earlier, it is down more than a hundred, which could pose as a good sign.
In fact, the R naught number dropped below 1 for the first time in two weeks at point-9-9.
As for the social distancing measures imposed on the country, authorities will announce on Friday if there are any updates or changes to the distancing rules, with current measures set to expire this Sunday.
In addition, they will also give more details on the special virus prevention measures to be imposed during Chuseok Holidays which come in late September.
For now, they said that additional testing centers will open at train stations and terminals temporarily for people traveling for the holidays.