South Korea reported its highest daily coronavirus tally on Friday with 2,4-hundred-34 confirmed cases.
The spike comes after millions traveled around the nation during the five-day Chuseok holiday.
The majority of the cases were reported in the capital region, with the daily figure exceeding 17-hundred in the area for the very first time.
"The numbers are increasing with more people getting tested in the capital area after Chuseok. The figure is expected to rise further tomorrow as well as next week."
Authorities are also warning of another potential surge in regions outside the capital area, similar to what happened after the summer vacation period.
Given the post-Chuseok surge, some medical experts say the daily tally could even hit the 3-thousand mark.
Now that the holidays are over, people must follow the stricter social distancing measures that were in place before Chuseok.
Starting Friday, for areas under social distancing level four, up to a maximum of six people can gather.
BUT two people must be fully vaccinated when gathering BEFORE 6 P.M., while at least four people must be fully inoculated when meeting AFTER 6 P.M.
People are classed as 'fully vaccinated' two weeks after receiving their final vaccine dose.
Elsewhere, under social distancing level three, up to eight people can gather regardless of the time,if four people have completed vaccinations.
Also starting Friday, those fully vaccinated who come into close contact with a COVID-19 patient will be exempt from a two-week quarantine, but they still have to take two PCR tests, one right after the contact, and another in six to seven days.
This rule will apply even if the original patient is infected with a variant of the virus.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.