The country reported 34 new cases on Sunday - its largest daily increase in a month - taking the total to 10,874.
Of the new cases announced on Sunday, 26 were domestically transmitted infections and eight were imported cases, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.
The daily tally of new infections had hovered around 10 or less in recent weeks, with no or very few domestic cases over the past 10 days.
- South Korea president says citizens shouldn't panic over rise in new virus cases.
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Gyeonggi province - which surrounds Seoul with a population of around 12 million people - also ordered more than 5,700 entertainment facilities to suspend operations for two weeks starting Sunday.
South Korea has started to ease coronavirus measures after enduring one of the worst early outbreaks, but there are fears of a second wave.
A medical staff walks out of a COVID-19 screening center in central Seoul on May 10
With around 7,200 people estimated to have visited the five establishments, health authorities have warned of a further spike in infections and have asked those who went to any of the venues to get tested.
South Korea reported 34 additional cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours as a spate of transmissions linked to clubgoers threatens the country's hard-won gains in its fight against the virus. "While keeping enhanced alertness until the end, we must never lower our guard regarding epidemic prevention", he said in a televised speech marking the third anniversary of his inauguration. The government has already let most businesses reopen with strict conditions to help revive a hard-hit economy. No new virus deaths have been reported in China for nearly a month and the number of people in treatment for COVID-19 nationwide fell to 148, with another 798 under isolation.
Responding to a question on how prepared South Korea is for another outbreak, Mr Son had said the country's surveillance system and screening capability would be able to identify a potential spread linked to a confirmed case nearly immediately.
As part of a long-term battle on Covid-19, the KCDC will be given greater power and renamed the Disease Control and Prevention Administration, Moon said.
"It's not over until it's over", Moon said.
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun during a virus meeting on Wednesday called for vigilance and instructed officials to prepare for a possible second wave of infections.
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