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S. Korea can take care of 1,000 COVID-19 patients every day: Health authorities Updated: 2021-04-15 05:51:49 KST

COVID-19 cases are popping up across South Korea, and it appears the country is on the edge of a fourth wave.
As of Wednesday, there are one-hundred severely ill coronavirus patients, but health authorities say that the country has enough facilities to treat them all.

"We have the capacity to take care of one-thousand patients as well as 13-hundred who are critically ill. But, we will try to secure more hospital beds at treatment facilities and dedicated hospitals in case the situation worsens and we start to see two-thousand daily cases."

Health authorities will take a close look at this week's caseload before announcing any possible changes to the distancing measures.
It was announced last Friday that the current measures will be extended for three weeks, adding that restaurants and cafes in the capital region can open until 10 PM, but this could change to 9 PM.
More than 70 percent of cases are also coming from the heavily-populated capital region.
On top of that, of about 81-hundred newly-infected people over the past two weeks, the route of infection of 28 percent of them is unknown.
South Korea's health authorities say the distancing level could be tightened further, but they are concerned about the economic damage that would cause.
The country recorded 731 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
Of them, 714 were locally transmitted and the rest from overseas.
As of Wednesday, more than one.two million people in South Korea have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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