Following the relaxation of restrictions and the shift to the “living with Covid-19” model in South Korea, the number of critically ill patients who may soon overcrowd hospitals is increasing. Prime Minister Kim Bu Kium announced that “return to normal” may be put on hold.
The South Korean government has announced its entry into the the first stage of easing restrictions and “living with Covid-19” in early November. The decision was made due to the fact that over 70% of respondents were fully vaccinated. inhabitants of the country.
However, the fourth wave of the pandemic has still not subsided, and after easing the restrictions, the balances of infections have increased and recently over 3,000 people are detected every day. new infections. The number of critically ill patients has risen to a record 499.
There are fears that our return to normalcy may be temporarily hampered if this crisis cannot be overcome – said the prime minister, quoted by the Yonhap agency. He announced additional beds in hospitals and supplies of equipment.
In the metropolitan area of Seoul, where the vast majority of new infections are detected, almost 80% of the population is now seized. places in intensive care units. Yonhap describes this as a “wake-up call” for the authorities.
The Korean Disease Control Agency (KDCA) reported 3,034 new infections on Friday, and their total balance exceeded 409,000. 28 patients died on Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. There have been 3,215 deaths since the start of the pandemic, which translates into a death rate of 0.79%.
Over 50 million people live in South Korea.