South Korea has been struggling since July to tame sporadic outbreaks of COVID-19 that were at first centred largely on metropolitan Seoul but have since spread nationwide.
Nearly half of new cases detected recently have been found outside Seoul and in summer holiday spots, while authorities are concerned many people are ignoring social distancing rules.
Kwon strongly urged people who return from holidays to voluntarily get tested before going back to work.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 2,223 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the country’s coronavirus infections to 216,206, with 2,135 deaths.
Only 15.7 per cent of South Korea’s 52 million people have been fully vaccinated, while 42.1 per cent have received at least one dose of vaccine. The government’s target is for 70 per cent to have received at least one shot by September.