South Korea is picking up the pace of its COVID-19 inoculations, with over 850-thousand people vaccinated on Monday.
So far, this is the highest number of inoculations given in South Korea in a single day.
Interior and safety minister Jeon Hae-cheol said Tuesday that South Korea is close to reaching its vaccination goals.
"Considering the speed of inoculations, the first shot for more than 10 million people, which is 20 percent of the population will be completed this week. We're expecting that to be 13 million by mid-June, and 14 million by the end of the month."
The basic reproduction number, dubbed the 'R number,' is slightly lower than ONE nationwide, except the capital region where it has surpassed ONE for the first time in two weeks.
This is how officials assess the virus' ability to spread.
The 'R number' being ONE means the virus is passed on to ONE other person on average.
The authorities also say South Korea's average daily caseload last week was 578, 16 more than two weeks ago.
This was due to cluster infections at bars and food processing facilities in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
South Korea recorded 454 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
More than 60 percent of those coming from the capital region.
And as of Tuesday, eight.four-five million people in South Korea have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which is 16.five percent of the population.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.