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South Korea scrambles to construct container hospital beds to fight third COVID-19 wave

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SEOUL: South Korean authorities scrambled on Thursday (Dec 10) to construct delivery container hospital beds to alleviate medical services stretched by the most recent coronavirus wave, which reveals little signal of abating with 682 new circumstances.

The resurgence of infections has rekindled considerations about an acute scarcity of hospital beds, prompting Seoul metropolis to start putting in container beds for the primary time because the begin of the pandemic.

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Well being authorities plan to step up testing by launching non permanent websites at about 150 areas throughout the better Seoul space.

“We’re making all-out efforts to cease the unfold within the Seoul metropolitan space by mobilising all obtainable assets,” Well being Minister Park Neung-hoo advised a gathering.

“Above all, we’ll safe ample therapy centres and hospital beds for important circumstances in order that they will obtain correct therapy in a well timed method.”

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Thursday’s 682 new infections got here a day after the every day tally hit 686, the second-highest because the nation’s first case was confirmed in January, at the same time as harder social distancing guidelines took impact this week, in line with the Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company.

New circumstances have been persistently round 600 over the previous week, pushed by smaller, harder-to-trace clusters across the densely populated capital metropolis of Seoul, whereas the early two waves had been centred on a handful of teams or areas.

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