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ICU beds quickly fill, while basic reproduction no. of COVID rises Updated: 2021-11-23 17:49:13 KST

South Korea has confirmed that - as of now - there are a record 549 critical cases of COVID-19 in the country.
There were 2,699 new cases reported over the past 24 hours.
Although daily cases have dipped below three-thousand, ICU beds in the capital region are almost full.
Over 83 percent of beds are taken, and the virus' basic reproduction number has jumped to 1.1 from 1.zero-5
Health authorities say the capital region's medical sector has reached 'very high', the highest tier on their recently implemented threat level scale.
Elsewhere, the level is 'high.'
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