SEOUL – South Korean President Moon Jae-in directed national university hospitals on Monday to focus their medical resources on critically ill Covid-19 patients.
According to reports, Moon's order came as the country experienced a surge in serious cases, with the number reaching an all-time high of 1,025 on Sunday due to a shortage of hospital beds across the country. "I request that national university hospitals focus their medical resources on treating critically ill Covid-19 patients," Moon said during a meeting with his aides, according to Park Kyung-mee, his spokesperson.
Park said in a written briefing that the President requested that public hospitals in the capital area change their specialisation to infectious diseases as much as possible, and that private hospitals assist with the effort by treating other patients.
"I request that as many public-sector medical workers as possible be assigned to treat Covid-19 patients," Moon added, citing military doctors.