Of the latest cases, 162 were locally transmitted and 29 were from overseas.
This now brings the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 28,133.
One more death was reported, raising the death toll to 488.
The recent uptick in cases comes mostly from cluster infections reported at nursing homes, long-term care facilities, schools, workplaces, cafes, and small social gatherings.
Health authorities are on high alert and are even considering tightening social distancing measures.
“If cases continue to increase, we may have to seriously consider raising the social distance measures. Already, Asan, Cheonan, Wonju and Suncheon have raised their measures to Level 1.5. We should remember that it’s not time to be complacent.”
As daily new cases have been on the rise, there are fears this could lead to another round of toughened measures nationwide, just a month after measures were eased to their lowest level in mid-October.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.