However, the government says that the spread of the virus is under control with the average number of confirmed cases per day showing a downward trend over the past three weeks.
“The third wave of the outbreak which started in November has been slowing down but risks still remain among local communities with the new variant of the virus, and as cluster infections continue to be seen among those who are high-risk.”
But the number of cases continues to rise in the capital region with cluster infections at correctional facilities and nursing homes.
Of Monday’s 985 locally transmitted cases, 329 came from the city of Seoul alone.
It took Seoul just 29 days to reach 20-thousand cases, after surpassing the 10-thousand mark on December 5th which took more than 10 months.
This has largely been due to a mass outbreak at the Dongbu Detention Center in Seoul with more than 1-thousand cases linked to the correctional facility so far.
Meanwhile, the government said preparations are underway for COVID-19 inoculations to begin next month.
“We’re planning to begin vaccinations in late February, starting with medical workers and elderly residents in high-risk facilities such as nursing homes and long-term care hospitals.”
Commissioner Jeong also added that the government has started to compile lists of the priority groups who will get the vaccines first.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.