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S. Korea to operate hospital beds for critically ill patients during weekends amid its highest new infections in 4 months Updated: 2022-08-18 04:56:25 KST

Now turning to COVID-19 here in South Korea.
The country confirmed 170-thousand and seventy new cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday 9 PM, with new infections above 170-thousand for the second day in a row.
The figure marks the highest number of cases since mid-April.
In response, the government has announced plans to open selected hospitals on weekends to better treat severely ill patients.
Shin Ha-young has the details.

South Korea's new COVID-19 case numbers are at their highest since mid-April.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Wednesday reported 1-hundred-80,8-hundred-3 new infections.
4-hundred 69 were in critical condition.
There were 42 more COVID-related deaths, giving the country a fatality rate of point-one-two percent.
Local health authorities expect new daily cases to peak at around 200-thousand this month, before steadily slowing down.
In response, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters has announced that starting this Saturday for a six-week period, designated hospitals in the capital area will be open on weekends to treat patients who have severe symptoms as well as those at high risk such as pregnant women and infants.
Regarding regions outside the Seoul metropolitan area, the government is planning on providing hospital beds from other regions when the situation becomes difficult to manage.
Meanwhile, according to the UK-based Our World in Data, South Korea last week ranked the highest in terms of number of new cases per one million people among 216 countries.
KDCA Commissioner Peck Kyong-ran said that even though the number is the highest, the country's death toll is relatively low compared to other countries.
Shin Ha-young, Arirang News.
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