Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum has urged vigilance for people traveling during Chuseok, particularly those moving into non-capital areas amid the continuing fourth pandemic wave.
In a virus response meeting on Friday, Kim noted nearly 80 percent of domestic cases are concentrated in the capital region, and there is great apprehension over a possible balloon effect due to the annual hometown exodus.
The five-day Chuseok holiday begins on Saturday.
The prime minister said the country cannot repeat the painful experience of a nationwide spread from the summer. He asked families to gather in smaller numbers and for a shorter time, and to always wear masks indoors and outdoors.
Kim said that by Friday, 70 percent of the population will have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, achieving the government goal. He promised speedier efforts in providing second jabs.
He reiterated that vaccination is for now the best means to overcome the pandemic. He urged citizens to get tested at the first sign of symptoms at testing sites rolled out at stations, terminals and expressway rest stops.