The government decided to significantly increase the number of international flights and normalize international flights at regional airports as the increase in COVID-19 showed a declining trend for the third week.



Jeon Hae-cheol, the 2nd deputy director of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters (Minister of Public Administration and Security), said in a statement today (6th), "After the 10-week increase has stopped, the number of confirmed cases is showing a decreasing trend for the third week." "The average daily number of confirmed cases in the last week (March 30 - April 5) was 270,000, a 30% decrease from the previous week," he explained.



"As foreign countries that have escaped the peak of the Omicron epidemic are easing their quarantine policies one after another, the demand for overseas visits is also expected to increase," he said. "We plan to increase the number of weekly international flights to Singapore and other countries by 100 every month, and increase it by 300 from July."



“We will also normalize international flights at regional airports,” he said. “We will expand international flights currently only available at Gimhae and Daegu airports to Muan, Cheongju, and Jeju airports next month, and resume operations at other airports such as Gimpo and Yangyang sequentially.” I did.



Regarding the recent epidemic situation, the former second chief said, "Last week (March 27-April 2), the infection reproduction index was 0.91, which fell to less than 1, meaning 'containment of the epidemic' in 11 weeks, and the number of confirmed cases will increase in the future. It is expected to decrease.”




He continued, "The number of critically ill patients peaked at the end of last month (1,315 on March 31) and has been continuously decreasing (1,121 on April 5). It is happening,” he added.



He emphasized, "We will do our best to ensure that Omicron's confirmed patients, who have a relatively low fatality rate compared to other countries, can receive appropriate prescriptions and treatment through face-to-face treatment without much inconvenience."



The government plans to increase the proportion of face-to-face treatment for corona patients by continuing to expand the outpatient treatment center, which currently has about 4,800, to general local hospitals and clinics.



In particular, for nursing facilities, which are high-risk facilities, we plan to implement 'visiting face-to-face treatment' so that appropriate medical support can be provided promptly in the event of a confirmed case.



In addition, we plan to operate a task force task force with doctors and nurses in the city, county, and district units, and take measures to prevent aggravation, such as prescribing medicines to be taken right on the spot.



"The risk of severe progression in the third vaccination was confirmed to be reduced by about 97% compared to those who were not vaccinated," said the former second vice president. I asked.



Regarding the shortage of crematoriums due to the increase in the number of deaths, he said, “The rate of samiljang increased from 20% on March 19th to 48.7% on the 4th, but it is still experiencing difficulties mainly in metropolitan areas. We will support labor costs for additional operation of cremation facilities to increase the cost, and expand budget support for installation of refrigerators and low-temperature morgues.”

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