It’s the second time the country has surpassed the one,mark in just three days.
“There has been an average of 833 daily cases over the past seven days since December 10th reaching the threshold for Level 3 social distancing measures, which is an average of 8-hundred to over 1-thousand daily cases.”
The government is still cautious about imposing the Level 3 social distancing right away as it will bring massive social and economic impact, especially to small business owners.
Of the 1,54 locally transmitted cases on Wednesday, more than 70-percent came from the greater Seoul area.
373 were from Seoul, and 384 from the surrounding areas of Gyeonggi-do province and Incheon.
The government added that in the current situation, it is difficult to contain the virus by simply wearing masks.
“The most important thing is to not be in contact with other people, and to not be in places where it is difficult to wear masks.”
The country saw 12 additional deaths on Wednesday, the second day in a row that deaths have been in the double digits.
This raised the death toll in the nation to 612.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.