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S. Korean health authorities look to secure more hospital beds outside Greater Seoul area Updated: 2021-09-10 18:29:16 KST

Over 18-hundred daily COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday in South Korea.
All but 35 were locally transmitted the total number of cases is now nearly 270-thousand.
The health authorities are on their toes due to 70-percent of recent infections occurring just in the capital area, and they are also concerned about the possibility of a bed shortage as more people are expected to travel during the Chuseok holiday.

"With the fourth wave of infections, the number of cases and patients is increasing putting pressure on hospital beds outside the capital region.

As a precautionary measure for the upcoming Chuseok holiday, an administrative order has been issued to secure more beds outside the Greater Seoul area.
For critically ill patients, 1-hundred 46 hospital beds will be added by expanding the number of hospitals that take coronavirus patients.
And, for other cases, more than 1-thousand beds will be secured from 46 hospitals which can treat around 35-hundred patients if needed.
The authorities also stressed the need to prepare for Covid-19 patients to start getting treatment at home rather than at hospitals or COVID-19 treatment centers.
So far, just 62 patients are receiving treatment at home mostly in the capital area.
Meanwhile, as more people are getting inoculated before the national holiday, the authorities have imposed detailed guidelines including double-checking the expiration date of the vaccine doses every day to prevent anyone from being given the wrong doses.
As of Friday, more than 32 million people got vaccinated with at least one dose -- that's more than 62-percent of the population in Korea.
Over 19 million have been fully vaccinated.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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