Seoul/Incheon critically ill beds utilization rate ‘91%’… Increased waiting for beds

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The strong spread of COVID-19 continued over the weekend.

As of Sunday’s announcement, the number of new confirmed cases reached the 5,000 level for the first time in history.

In particular, the number of severe cases of severe disease continued to rise above 700 for the fifth consecutive day.

The utilization rate of intensive care beds in Seoul and Incheon has exceeded 90%, and the number of people waiting for hospitalization in non-metropolitan areas is also increasing rapidly.

First of all, this is a report by reporter Cho Kuk-hyun.

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As of 00:00 today, the number of severe cases of Corona 19 was 744, recording 700 for the fifth day.

There were also 5,128 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number on record as of Sunday’s announcement.

As the number of new confirmed cases and critically ill patients increases, the hospital bed situation is rapidly deteriorating.

In the metropolitan area, the utilization rate of intensive care beds is 85.5%, and in Seoul and Incheon alone, it is 91.1%.

Considering that the intensive care unit is not operating 100% to secure spares, it is virtually saturated.

In the meantime, severe confirmed cases in the metropolitan area have been transferred to non-metropolitan areas, but now even this is not easy.

This is because the utilization rate of intensive care beds nationwide is also high at 79%, and there is only one bed left in Gangwon, Gyeongbuk, and North Chungcheong.

The number of confirmed cases waiting for hospital beds to come out also approached 1,000 nationwide.

In the case of the metropolitan area, 954 people are waiting for more than one day to be assigned to a hospital bed, and there are close to 300 people waiting for more than four days.

Also, the number of people waiting in non-metropolitan areas, where there was no one until the 2nd, increased to 23.

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“Efforts are being made to efficiently operate the COVID-19 treatment system to minimize disruption to general treatment.”

As the government switched to home treatment in principle, the number of at-home treatment is also reaching 15,000.

More than 90% of it is still concentrated in the metropolitan area, so it is urgent to expand to non-metropolitan areas.

This is Jo Kook-hyun from MBC News.

Video coverage: Jung Yong-sik / Video editing: Park Hye-yeon

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