The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the mid-2000s for the third day in a row. As the number of confirmed cases is on the rise along with the gradual recovery of daily life, the government has decided to secure additional beds so that it can respond even if the number of new cases per day increases to 7,000.
This is reporter Kim Deok-hyeon.
The average number of new patients per day for the past week was 2,115, an increase of nearly 30% in just one week compared to before the gradual recovery of daily life.
The number of new cases has increased in all regions of the country, including the metropolitan area, and the number of deaths and critically ill patients, which the government has selected as key quarantine indicators, is also drawing an upward curve.
First of all, the government has issued an administrative order to secure additional 402 beds for semi-severe patients and 692 beds for moderately-severe patients at medical institutions in the metropolitan area, where 80% of new patients flock.
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With this measure, the medical response capacity for new patients has increased to 7,000.
In addition, the government’s plan is to respond to up to 10,000 patients as a preliminary administrative order has been issued to secure an additional 254 beds for severe cases.
The government has also tightened standards for home treatment.
Seniors over the age of 60 can receive treatment at home only if they have been vaccinated and are isolated with a guardian who has completed the vaccination.
In addition, the elderly in their 60s and older, those with underlying medical conditions, and those in their 50s who have not been vaccinated will be monitored for at-home treatment health status three times a day, one more time.
Meanwhile, the government signed a contract for an additional 30 million doses of Pfizer vaccine next year, and when the existing volume and options are added, the domestic supply has increased to 120 million doses.
(Video coverage: Kim Min-cheol, video editing: Park Ji-in)