The greater Seoul area has added 1,100 hospital beds and 112 intensive care unit (ICU) beds for Covid-19 patients since last week, Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho said in a briefing Tuesday.
This comes after two people with Covid-19 died while waiting for a hospital bed in Seoul city earlier this month.
Yoon added that the number of available ICU beds will increase this week as the patients are relocated and more wards are converted to ICU.
There are 44 ICU beds available for Covid-19 patients nationwide and 10 in the Seoul metropolitan area as of Tuesday.
As of midnight, 248 patients in the Seoul metropolitan area had been waiting for more than a day for a bed. On December 17, this figure was at 595. Yoon said the situation is improving and expected to be resolved this week.
The situation in South Korea: More than 51,000 cases have been reported in the country, including 722 deaths.