1. As of 00:00 today (19th), there were 3,34 new confirmed cases of Corona 19, continuing the 3,000 range for three days in a row. The number of confirmed cases in Korea on the 13th and 19th was an average of 2607.1 per day, an increase of 448.2 (20.8%) from two weeks ago. The metropolitan area averaged 2,066 people per day, up 21.4% from the previous week, and the non-metropolitan area had 541.1, an increase of 18.2%.
2. The number of patients with severe serious illness was 499, 7 fewer than the previous day, and the number fell to less than 500 in three days. The utilization rate of intensive care beds nationwide was 63.6% and 78.2% in the metropolitan area. The bed utilization rate of hospitals dedicated to infectious diseases is 62.9% nationwide and 76.2% in the metropolitan area. The death toll was 28.
3. Lee Ki-il, the first supervisor of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, said, “There is no factor to reduce the number of patients, so the number of patients is expected to increase in the future.” He also said, “The additional vaccinations are to be completed by the 26th of this month at nursing hospitals, facilities, and mental hospitals.
4. Prime Minister Bu-gyeom Kim said, “If we do not overcome this crisis, I am worried that the journey to recover from daily life will have to stop for a while.” Some experts are also of the opinion that before the medical response system collapses, even in Seoul alone, an emergency plan should be implemented to temporarily suspend daily recovery.
5. Minister of Health and Welfare Kwon Deok-cheol announced a plan to jointly use hospital beds in the metropolitan area and non-metropolitan areas in relation to the ‘Measures to Strengthen Medical Responses in the Metropolitan Area’. In the future, critically ill patients in the metropolitan area will be able to be transferred to hospital beds in non-metropolitan areas that can be transported within 1 to 2 hours by ambulance or firefighting helicopter. In addition, following the previous executive order to secure 452 semi-severe beds and 692 beds for moderate-severe disease, two additional hospitals (165 beds) for bases and two hospitals for infectious diseases (85 beds) were added to increase the number of beds. decided to expand. In addition, it was decided to promote a plan to increase the number of hospitalized patients per negative pressure isolation ward in the hospital.
6. Oh Joo-hyeong, chairman of the Association of Advanced General Hospitals (Chairman of Kyunghee Medical Center), attended the government briefing and said, “More than anything else, securing medical personnel is the most difficult.” Chairman Oh pointed out, “In the intensive care bed, at least 2-3 times to 7-8 times more medical personnel, nursing personnel, doctors, etc. The government made it possible for hospitals to receive support for medical personnel, such as nurses with experience in intensive care units, from the human resources pool of the medical personnel support system if hospitals cannot secure human resources on their own.
7. Dr. Mike Warroby, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona in the United States, said in a paper published in the international scientific journal Science, “The seafood market stall in Wuhan, China is the world’s first COVID-19 patient.” At first, the World Health Organization (WHO) judged Wuhan accountant Chun Mo as the first patient who showed symptoms on December 8, 2019 according to the local hospital explanation, but according to the paper, at that time, there was a possibility that it was a fever due to dental surgery, and Mr. In an interview with the media, he testified of the symptoms of COVID-19, saying, “I had a fever and my heart ached on December 16.” Instead, Dr. Yuvi-bi said, “The symptoms started appearing on December 10” in an interview with the WSJ, a street vendor at the Wuhan seafood market. He was presumed to be patient number 1. Dr. Warroby said, “I visited the raccoon sales area in the market, where most of the initial patients were.” .