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According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on the 11th, the occupancy rate of 41 life treatment centers nationwide was 70.8% based on midnight on that day, and exceeded 80% in the metropolitan area. In particular, the occupancy rate of eight life treatment centers operated by Gyeonggi-do recorded 89.8% (capacity 1680, currently 1498 residents), and it is expected that it will be difficult to hold until next week. There is. The occupancy rate of 27 centers operated by Seoul City has reached 80.2% (capacity: 2930, admission: 2286). The occupancy rate of the center operated by Incheon City is 81.4% (capacity: 376, resident: 306), which exceeds 80%. Already, some patients in the metropolitan area are being transferred to life treatment centers in neighboring areas. Experts point out that there are as many as 1,000 infected people every day, and if the fourth pandemic goes into full swing, there is a high possibility that a shortage of beds will become a reality. Fortunately, beds for critically ill patients still have room to spare. According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, the infectious disease hospital has 7550 beds nationwide, of which 3990 are vacant. Of the 806 beds secured for critically ill patients, 588 can be hospitalized. This is because the primary vaccination rate for the elderly in their 60s and above exceeded 80%, and the number of critically ill patients decreased. However, as the fourth pandemic continues, the number of elderly and severely ill patients will increase, so it has been pointed out that countermeasures are necessary. “If the number of new corona patients increases nationwide, there is a risk that the number of elderly patients will increase,” said Song Young-le, head of the Social Strategy Group at the Central Accident Collection Headquarters. The epidemic prevention authorities are planning to significantly increase the capacity of the life treatment center. “We plan to continue to open more centers with more than 5,000 beds until next week,” Song said at a regular press conference on the day. Prior to that, the city of Seoul also said that it is discussing the use of training / educational facilities, hotels and dormitories with good access, which are in a suspended state, as a life treatment center. At the same time, home treatment is expected to be introduced. Mr. Song said, “We will discuss with young people, mainly young people, about home treatment for asymptomatic patients living alone.” Om Jun-sik, a professor of internal medicine at Kachon-kichi (Gill) Hospital, said, “If a person diagnosed with mild illness becomes severe, it will begin to appear in a week or two.” It will be expensive. “