The biggest problem right now is that the number of severe cases is rapidly increasing, but there are not enough places to receive treatment. There are close to 1,000 patients who have not been assigned a bed for more than a day, and there is no immediate countermeasure until an additional bed is prepared.

Next is Cho Dong-chan, a medical reporter.


Park Mo, 65, was diagnosed with COVID-19 two days ago.

I was informed that I would be hospitalized if there was no guardian living with me because I was old, and that was the end of it.

[65-year-old confirmed hospital bed waiting: Every place I call does not answer, I am on a call, and I cannot answer the phone. I shouted Teacher, I look like I'm going to die right now, but I keep asking how am I doing on the phone, ask me to fix it... .]

But the only answer was to wait.

[65-year-old confirmed hospital bed waiter: I only have kimchi right now, so I was wondering if I should go out and buy some tofu. My daughter said soy milk and tofu, so I left it at the door yesterday.] He

said he didn't even receive a kit for home treatment, such as a thermometer and oxygen saturation machine to check the patient's condition.

[65-year-old confirmed bed waiter: My daughter bought a thermometer yesterday, so the thermometer is in stock now, and there is no oxygen saturation machine.] As of 00:00

today (25th), there were 2,256 people waiting for bed assignment, more than a day until the afternoon. The number of people waiting was 940, an increase of 162 in one day.

If you are classified as hospitalized, you will be excluded from home treatment, making it difficult to deal with emergency situations.

A government quarantine advisory member said that he had to live with his gums instead of this until the middle of next month.

According to the previous executive order, tertiary hospitals and general hospitals are preparing additional beds.

Until then, there is an urgent need to slow the rate of increase in the number of elderly people aged 60 years and older with severe severe disease.

The key is also booster vaccinations.

Until September, the severity of symptoms was 1.6%, and 16 out of 1,000 confirmed cases were in critical condition, but now it has risen to 2.6%.

He said that even if 10,000 people are confirmed, the critically ill can be handled only if the severity of the disease is lowered to 1.6% with additional vaccinations.

(Video editing: Park Chun-bae, CG: Seo Seung-hyun, Him Chan-hyuk, Kang Kyung-rim)

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