Seoul – (Reuters):
On Friday, South Korea recorded more than 500 new Coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, a level not seen for about 9 months, with the third wave of infections spreading across the country, making the authorities accelerate the pace to provide more hospital beds.
The registration of 569 injuries came a day after the numbers reached their highest level since the sixth of last March when South Korea was suffering from the first large spread of “Covid-19” outside China.
Prime Minister Chung Se-Kyun warned that daily infections could reach a thousand and cause a bigger crisis, including the shortage of hospital beds if social distancing measures and other restrictions cannot stop the spread of infection.
“The situation is hazardous, as all cities and regions, especially all of Seoul’s 25 regions, have reported new cases,” Chung said at a meeting on dealing with “Covid-19”.
The government re-imposed strict social distancing rules on the capital and surrounding areas this week and put restrictions on eating out religious ceremonies and night entertainment.
The move came a month after similar restrictions were eased as the second wave of infections receded. Chung urged the authorities to provide more hospital beds to prevent shortages.
The total number of HIV cases in South Korea reached 32,887 and 516 deaths.