S. Korea reports highest daily COVID-19 death toll since fourth wave; 3,938 new cases
Updated: 2021-11-25 17:05:29 KST
South Korea reported 3-thousand 9-hundred 38 new infections on Thursday.
Although it is a slight dip from Wednesday's peak of over 4-thousand, there were 39 deaths, the highest daily death toll reported since the outbreak of the fourth wave.
The number of critically-ill patients also hit an all-time high at 6-hundred-12.
The city of Seoul remains a virus hotspot.
On Thursday, the capital confirmed a record-breaking 1-thousand 7-hundred 60 new cases.
In light of the surge, the daily recovery committee for COVID-19 held its fourth meeting,.. to assess the situation and find ways to tackle the resurgence.
South Korea's Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum pointed out that reversing the anti-virus measures may be necessary,.. but better support for the medical system must also be in place.
Kim emphasized the need for people to be able to recover at home as the capital region's medical system is overwhelmed.
"It's important to know whether or not the current medical system can keep up with the gradual recovery of daily life, and what needs to be improved first. Until now, we have focused on patients recovering through isolation, but now, the medical system needs to be changed in a way that's suitable for a recovery back to normal life."
Prime Minister Kim added that specific details of the plan will be finalized on Friday.
For a gradual return to normal, authorities are also emphasizing the need for booster shots.
"Receiving booster shots is not a choice. It's a must. So if a certain amount of time has passed since becoming fully vaccinated, make sure to get the additional dose."
This comes as breakthrough infections as well as the number of critically-ill patients is growing among older adults aged 60 and above.
Authorities are also encouraging teenagers to reserve their first shots.
In October there were more people infected aged 18 and under than there were adults aged 19 and above.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.