The number of new COVID-19 cases is expected to record 2,300 today (13th). The spread of severe cases has not decreased as the number of severe cases recorded the highest for three days in a row until yesterday. In particular, as patients flocked to the metropolitan area, the government took an emergency response, such as issuing an executive order to secure additional hospital beds in this area.
Reporter Kim Deok-hyun reports.
A daycare center in Nowon-gu, Seoul.
The virus spread from the family of the worker, and 29 people, including 15, were confirmed.
At an indoor sports facility in Gwanak-gu, Seoul, there were 24 cumulative confirmed cases.
Eight out of 10 confirmed cases in the past month were concentrated in the metropolitan area, but the upward trend is evident from last week when the gradual recovery of daily life began.
In particular, the number of critically ill patients recorded 475, the highest for three days in a row, and more than 70% of severe and semi-severe beds in the metropolitan area were filled.
The government has issued an administrative order to seven general hospitals in the metropolitan area to secure 52 more semi-severe beds.
[이기일/중앙재난안전대책본부 제1통제관 : 우리 의료 체계가 감당할 수 있는 범위 내에서 중환자를 관리하고 사망을 최소화하는 것이 매우 중요한 과제입니다. 각 병원에서는 병상 확충을 노력하고 있습니다.]
30% of all confirmed patients are in their 60s or older, and the proportion of the elderly is gradually increasing, with the largest number of cluster infections in nursing homes and facilities.
Therefore, the government secured additional 405 beds in nursing hospitals dedicated to infectious diseases in the metropolitan area and increased the number of nursing hospitals and facility workers to receive PCR tests twice a week.
We have decided to apply the ‘Quarantine Pass’, which allows access to daycare centers where there are recent cases of infection, only with a certificate of completion of inoculation or a negative confirmation.