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[사회]The utilization rate of critically ill beds in the metropolitan area approaches 80%… Is the shortage of beds a reality?

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As there are around 2,000 new confirmed cases every day in the metropolitan area, the critically ill beds are also nearly 80% full.

As the number of cases of not receiving inpatient treatment in a timely manner even if they are confirmed with COVID-19 and show symptoms, there are concerns that the shortage of beds will become a reality.

Reporter Gye Hoon-hee reports.


The spread of Corona 19 is concentrated in the metropolitan area, with more than 80% of confirmed cases in Seoul and other metropolitan areas alone.

[백순영 / 가톨릭대 의대 명예교수 : 지금 수도권인 경우에 있어서는 위중증화율, 사망률뿐만 아니라 확진자의 규모도 거의 역대 최고로 가고 있거든요.]

Amid the rapidly increasing number of new confirmed cases, the number of patients with severe cases also recorded 508, exceeding 500 again.

Due to this situation, hospital beds in the metropolitan area are approaching ‘saturation’.

The utilization rate of intensive care beds in the metropolitan area was close to 80%,

The beds for semi-severe and moderate-severe patients, which are pre-critically ill, also filled more than 76%.

There are now 144 beds for critically ill patients in the metropolitan area, including 68 in Seoul, 57 in Gyeonggi, and 19 in Incheon.

Hospital beds are scarce, but the number of hospitalizations is growing rapidly.

There was no one at the beginning of this month, but on the 11th it increased to triple digits (116 people), and on the 18th it exceeded 400 people.

In particular, as the number of patients aged 60 and over is high, the number of elderly people waiting for hospital beds is also increasing.

[김정기 / 고려대 약학대 교수 : 실제로 고령층, 60대 이상의 미접종자 군에서 확진자가 발생하면서 이때 확진되신 분이 위중증으로 전환하고 있다고 볼 수가 있고, 접종자임에도 불구하고 돌파 감염이 발생하면서 위중증 환자가 증가하고 있다고 볼 수 있습니다.]

The government saw the next three weeks as a turning point and said it would focus on quarantine.

[이기일 / 복지부 보건의료정책실장 : 11월 1일에 단계적 우리가 일상회복을 한 이후에 사회 전반적으로 이동량이 많아지다 보니까, 이렇게 환자가 늘어나는 것 같습니다. 아마도 환자가 줄어들 요인은 없습니다. 다시 말씀드리면, 환자는 늘어날 것으로 예상을 하고 있습니다.]

With securing a bed as a top priority, the number of new COVID-19 patients reached 3,212, exceeding 3,000 for four days in a row.

This is Kye Hoon-hee from YTN.

YTN Gye Hoon-hee ([email protected])

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