Over 400 COVID-19 patients waiting for hospital bed : The DONG-A ILBO

In the metropolitan areas alone, the hospitalization of more than 400 COVID-19 patients has been delayed by a day or more due to the lack of hospital beds. A solution is urgently needed as any delay in treatment can be particularly fatal for seniors.

According to the headquarters for central disaster management, the number of COVID-19 patents waiting more than a day to get a bed in the metropolitan areas was 423 on Thursday at 00:00 a.m. as soon as COVID-19 patients When diagnosed, hospital beds are assigned based on the severity of their condition. Anyone who has not been given a bed is put on the waiting list. On the first day of November when the politics of life began with the coronavirus, the number of patients on the list was zero.

The quarantine authorities cited the series of group infection cases in nursing hospitals as the main reason for the increase in waiting list patients. Her condition requires attentive care in nursing homes dedicated to COVID-19 treatment, resulting in a shortage of hospital beds. On Wednesday, the occupancy rate of hospital beds in nursing homes for the treatment of communicable diseases in metropolitan areas was practically at saturation point at 84.1%.

The number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 3,292 as of 12 noon on Thursday, the highest in the country since the COVID-19 outbreak last January. It’s also the first incident where the daily COVID-19 count exceeded 3,000 for two days in a row. The number of patients with critical conditions was 506 on Thursday, also over 500 on two consecutive days. “The COVID-19 cases are spreading among the elderly, and the critical patients are also increasing. The situation calls for a watertight medical response, “President Moon Jae-told his cabinet officials on Thursday.

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