“The situation itself is not that bad nationwide,” said Kwon Jun-wook, deputy director of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency and director of the Korea National Institute of Health, last week, adding that it “was not serious enough to justify stop the reopening. “
But officials have said the number of serious cases has placed a burden on the country’s health system. Intensive care units have reached 77 percent capacity in and around Seoul in the past week, KDCA chief Jeong Eun-kyeong said on Monday.
Due to increasing Covid hospital admissions, the government planned to secure more than 260 beds for people with serious illnesses, Central Disaster Management Headquarters said on Wednesday.
The members of the religious settlement in Cheonan lived and worshiped together. About 70 of them had attended a major kimchi manufacturing event on November 15 and 16, said Kim Eunchong, an official in the Department of Infectious Disease Control at the provincial health office.