The capital region of South Korea reported its highest number of Covid-19 infections of the pandemic on Wednesday, worrying health authorities on the eve of one of the main holiday periods in the country.

South Korea recorded 2,057 new cases detected as of midnight on Tuesday, of which 1,656 corresponded to the area formed by Seoul, the nearby city of Incheon and the surrounding province of Gyeonggi, which represents more than 80 percent of the total and a record high.

Seoul alone reported 807 infections, also a daily record since Covid-19 was first detected in the country in January 2020, according to data released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.