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Day 10 of South Korea’s “Coexisting with COVID-19”: Record-breaking Critical Cases

Day 10 of South Korea’s “Coexisting with COVID-19”: Record-breaking Critical Cases


Day 10 of South Korea’s “Coexisting with COVID-19”: Record-breaking Critical Cases.   The Prime Minister said “Deterioration exceeds expectations”.


Overseas Network, November 10, according to Yonhap News Agency, since the South Korean government launched the “phased recovery of daily life” (ie “coexisting with the COVID-19”) epidemic prevention model in early November, the number of critically ill patients has increased day by day. As of 0:00 on the 10th, South Korea has 460 critically ill cases, a record high, of which more than 80% are elderly people over 60.


The Korean epidemic prevention department believes that loose epidemic prevention measures have led to an increase in the scale of confirmed cases. Due to the earlier vaccination time for the elderly, the protection effect has been reduced. Coupled with the influence of seasonal factors, the elderly face higher health risks.


South Korean Prime Minister Kim Fuqian said on the same day that the rate of deterioration of various epidemic prevention indicators such as severe cases of the COVID-19, deaths, and the basic number of virus reproduction was higher than expected.


As of 5 pm on the 9th, the utilization rate of intensive care beds for the COVID-19 in South Korea has reached 57.2%. In the metropolitan area where the number of confirmed cases is relatively concentrated, Seoul City is 71.3%, Incheon City is 73.4%, and Gyeonggi Province is 68.4%.

This is close to the standard that the Korean government originally proposed to suspend the restoration of order in daily life and start the “emergency plan”, that is, the utilization rate of critically ill beds has reached 75%.


Kim Woo-ju, a professor of infection medicine at the Guro Hospital of Korea University, warned that the epidemic situation will be very severe this winter, and the number of severely ill patients will continue to increase. He said that the South Korean government has not yet formulated the standards for an “emergency plan” and thinks that the current medical system can stably respond to the epidemic, which is regrettable.


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