According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, Saturday's numbers brought the country's caseload up to 176,500 with 2,055 deaths.
Transmissions from the Greater Seoul region, which is home to more than half of the country's 51 million inhabitants, are the main drivers of the record-breaking rise. Officials in Seoul have enforced some of the most severe social distancing regulations in the country. These include bans on private social gatherings with three or more people after six p.m., banning visitors to hospitals and nursing homes, and closing down nightclubs.
Officials are also considering whether to impose four-person limits on gatherings after six p.m. in areas beyond the capital region to stop the virus spreading. A decision could be made as soon as Sunday.
Hospitalizations and deaths have declined in comparison to the recent winter surge. This is because officials focused limited vaccine supplies on high-risk groups such as elders and those in long-term care settings. The number of COVID-19-infected patients in serious condition has increased by 14 to 185 over the last 24 hours.
It is not mandatory that the Southern Nevada Health District recommend Friday's recommendation. It does affect casinos, concerts, and clubs whose business has boomed after restrictions were lifted and where the touris-dependent states fully returned pandemic control methods to counties around seven weeks ago.
This follows a Los Angeles public health official calling for Californians not to travel to Nevada until COVID-19 cases decrease.
On Thursday, 938 new coronavirus cases were reported by Nevada health officials -- the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since February. There were 866 new cases in Nevada on Friday.
In Nevada, which is a state with libertarian leanings, vaccination rates have been stagnant in recent weeks. Health officials reported Friday that 55% of Nevada's residents aged 12 and over had received at least one dose COVID-19 vaccine. About 46.3% of the state's population are fully vaccinated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 68% have received at least one vaccine in their lifetimes.