Two more deaths following Covid-19 vaccinations were reported, health authorities said Sunday afternoon, as Korea saw virus cases remain in the 400s for a second consecutive day.
The first Pfizer vaccines were administered to frontline Covid-19 medical workers over the weekend without major hitches, and over 20,000 people were inoculated in the first two days of the country's vaccination program.
Daily Covid-19 cases rebounded to over 400 as the government prepared to announce a new set of social distancing measures later this week.
Korea will begin administering 117,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for frontline Covid-19 medical workers starting next Saturday, announced Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Sunday.
At least five clusters of Covid-19 infections were confirmed from Lunar New Year gatherings as daily cases remained in the 600s for a second consecutive day.
A large cluster of infections emerged at a plastic factory in the Jingwan General Industrial Complex in Namyangju, Gyeonggi, linked with 115 Covid-19 cases as of Wednesday.
New Covid-19 cases surged back to over 400 Tuesday after the Lunar New Year holiday, with areas outside greater Seoul also seeing infections back in the triple digits for the first time in nearly a fortnight.
Some 272,000 people under the age of 65 in nursing homes and other high-risk facilities will be the first to be vaccinated in Korea starting Feb. 26.
Restrictions on operating hours of many businesses such as movie theaters, internet cafes, cram schools and big supermarkets nationwide will be lifted starting Monday.
Korea's daily Covid-19 cases rose above 400, the highest figure in nearly a week, as health authorities Wednesday warned of emerging clusters of infections and urged caution ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.