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S. Korea reports record-high COVID-19 tally with 4,116 cases on Wed. Updated: 2021-11-24 09:34:47 KST

Another new record for COVID-19 cases.
South Korea reported 4-thousand 1-hundred 16 new cases on Wednesday.
It's the country's first time ever to report over 4-thousand cases.

Along with the increasing number infections, the number of severely-ill patients, as well as deaths have also hit new-highs.
More than 5-hundred 80 patients are critically-ill, the highest figure witnessed in the country yet.
South Korea also saw the highest number of deaths since the outbreak of the fourth wave,.. with 35 passing away.

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum on Wednesday pointed out that the government might have to implement emergency plans for the capital region, if the situation doesn't improve.

"The virus situation is more serious than we had expected. According to risk levels announced on Monday, the nationwide threat level was at "high", while the metropolitan area was at "very high. If you just look at the capital region, we may have to urgently review the emergency plan at any time."

Kim stressed that it is crucial to restore hospital bed capacity for the critically-ill in the capital region.
As one of the ways to secure more beds, he called for an expansion of at home treatment for those infected.

"Although at home treatment is a major pillar of medical response, it has not yet been properly implemented. Last week, the proportion of home care patients was less than 20%, and it actually decreased compared to the previous week. If everyone who has mild or asymptomatic symptoms occupy a bed, the lives of patients who need intensive treatment will be threatened because they will not be able to get hospitalized."

With breakthrough infections increasing, authorities are also advising citizens, especially the elderly,.. to get booster shots.
For younger people aged between 12 and 17, vaccine reservations have been extended to the end of this year,.. amid concerns over increasing infections due to the start of nationwide in-person classes.
Meanwhile, on the travel front, fully-vaccinated South Koreans traveling to Saipan will be exempt from the 5-day hotel quarantine starting December 12th.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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