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S. Korea secures more hospital beds as severe Covid-19 patients surge Updated: 2021-08-25 05:57:15 KST

South Korean health authorities are expanding capacity for COVID-19 treatment across the nation including 272 additional hospital beds for patients with moderate to severe cases.
This comes as the country has been consistently reporting more than a thousand cases daily for the past month and a half and with that the number of patients needing critical care grows.
In fact, on Tuesday 21 more patients considered severley ill were reported, and the total number needing critical care at the moment stands at 420.
In addition, around 700 rooms at residential treatment centers for those with mild symptoms have been secured.
As of now, around 70 percent of all critically ill patient care units are occupied, so the authorities believe the medical infrastructure is still stable.
However, they said a rise of cases to an average of 25-hundred per day would take a toll on the medical system, so they're preparing for the worst.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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