1 – thousand – 36 were local infections and 26 were from overseas.
Cases are sprouting up all over the country,such as in offices, factories and at religious facilities.
There have also been cluster infections recorded at saunas on Jeju Island and in the southeastern port city of Busan.
In Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do Province, six more people related to a ski resort outbreak were confirmed with the virus, raising the tally to 17.
Meanwhile, four elderly patients who contracted the virus at a nursing hospital in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do Province have died due to the hospital bed shortage.
In the greater capital area, there are 251 patients, mostly severely ill, waiting for hospital beds.
And in the city of Seoul itself, 85 of the 86 beds used for critically ill patients are currently occupied.
“As of December 17th, there are 580 patients in Seoul waiting for hospital beds. 353 are those who were confirmed yesterday and 227 have been waiting for more than a day.”
One Seoul resident died earlier this week while waiting for a hospital bed to become available.
“We express our condolences to the deceased patient who was confirmed on the 12th and was waiting at home to be hospitalized. We feel a great sense of responsibility.”
Seoul city says that it will work with the health ministry to strengthen the medical system, addressing the hospital bed shortage in particular.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.