South Korea's daily COVID-19 tally has been on the rise recently, showing little sign of easing anytime soon.
Vaccinations continue, but authorities remain on high alert as the warm spring weather is likely to bring more people outside.
Our Han Seong-woo has more.
South Korea reported 677 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising fears that the country has entered a fourth wave.
All but fifteen of those cases were locally transmitted, with the capital region accounting for more than 420 of them.
New cluster infections popped up at a music academy in Gyeonggi-do Province and a daycare center for senior citizens in Gyeongsangnam-do Province.
Extra cases stemming from the recent outbreak at a bar in Busan have also added to the nation's total tally, now nearing a hundred-ten-thousand.
"It's very similar to last December when the third wave was in full swing Starting next week, we will heavily inspect nine types of particularly vulnerable facilities, including cram schools, religious sites, and sports venues."
Minister of Interior and Safety Jeon Hae-cheol said the reproduction number, or R nought, has risen from one.zero-seven last week to one.one one.
Meanwhile, with more than 33-thousand new recipients, close to one.one-five million people in the country have now received their first dose of the vaccine.
Just under 60-thousand have received their second dose.
One-hundred-31 cases of suspected, adverse reactions have been newly reported, among them two more post-vaccination deaths
Authorities are looking into any possible links between them and the shots.
The government also plans to announce on Sunday whether the country will resume AstraZeneca inoculations after partially suspending them due to blood clot-related concerns.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.