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The Chosun Ilbo blames the disaster aid for the reality of the lack of hospital beds due to the corona virus

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The number of severe cases of COVID-19 continued to increase, but exceeded 600 for the first time. Among them, the utilization rate of intensive care beds is in the 80% range every day, and some hospitals are reaching their limits. The rate of infection among children and adolescents has surpassed that of adults. Among them, the quarantine authorities canceled the announcement of quarantine measures that were planned to be released on the 26th. On the 26th, newspapers published reports that were concerned about the increase in the number of seriously ill patients and the realization of the medical vacuum.

In the past four weeks, the number of children and adolescents under the age of 18 was 99.7 per 100,000, exceeding the number of adults (76). As of 00:00 on the 25th, there were 3,938 new confirmed cases, which was around 4,000, following the 4,115 the previous day. The number of patients with severe severe cases exceeded the 500 mark for the first time on the 17th, and after 8 days, the number exceeded 600.

The Dong-A Ilbo said on the front page of the same day, “It seems that there will be around 4,000 confirmed patients for three days in a row.

▲ Page 1 of the Kyunghyang Shinmun on the 26th
▲ 1st page of Dong-A Ilbo on the 26th
▲ 1st page of Dong-A Ilbo on the 26th

On the front page of the Segye Ilbo, “The number is 612, an increase of 26 from the previous day, breaking the record for three days in a row. The death toll was the second highest at 39,” he said. The Segye Ilbo reported, “As the COVID-19 epidemic spreads and schools are all going to school, the risk of exposure to Corona has increased even for children and adolescents with low vaccination rates.” The elderly are particularly affected. On this day, 34% of new confirmed cases and 85% of all critically ill patients were over 60 years of age.

The shortage of hospital beds has become a reality. The Kyunghyang Shinmun reported, “The utilization rate of intensive care beds has reached 80% every day, and hospitals have already reached the bottom one after another,” said the Kyunghyang Shinmun. said The Kyunghyang Shinmun reported, “The so-called ‘Big 5’ hospitals in Seoul are also showing the bottom of their bed capacity. As of this morning, Severance Hospital had only one vacant out of 37 critically ill beds.”

▲The first page of the Segye Ilbo on the 26th
▲The first page of the Segye Ilbo on the 26th
▲The 26th, Kyunghyang Shinmun, page 3
▲The 26th, Kyunghyang Shinmun, page 3

The government also sees it as difficult to increase the number of critically ill beds. Son Young-rae, head of the social strategy division at the Central Accident Resolving Headquarters, said, “Currently, each hospital has secured beds to the maximum number of critically ill patients that can be afforded. In other words, to secure additional beds for critically ill patients with COVID-19, it is necessary to bring beds for critically ill patients treated for other diseases.

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The Hankook Ilbo said, “The quarantine authorities publicly said that it is difficult to secure beds for critically ill patients anymore. The Hankook Ilbo criticized the government for not anticipating and not preparing for an explosion in advance. Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital Professor Ki-seok Ki-seok said that the government ignored the warning and carried out a gradual recovery (with Corona) despite the fact that the rate of confirmed cases progressing to severe disease had already risen to 2.5% at the end of last month.

The Kyunghyang Shinmun reported that “the rate of confirmed COVID-19 among children and adolescents under the age of 18 has exceeded that of adults,” and said, “The recent surge in the number of confirmed cases threatens the gradual recovery of daily life. Regarding this, the vaccination completion rate for 12-17 year-olds is less than 20%, without giving clear guidelines for vaccination.”

▲ 26th Chosun Ilbo editorial
▲ 26th Chosun Ilbo editorial

On the other hand, Chosun Ilbo, like other newspapers, criticized the lack of hospital beds, but also put out a frame to hit the government’s disaster aid. The Chosun Ilbo said in an editorial ‘Even if only 1/1000 of the 55 trillion won in the disaster aid was spent, there would be no shortage of hospital beds’, saying that the government organized a supplementary budget six times due to COVID-19 and spent 55.8 trillion won five times as disaster aid. “If it had been used to secure 1/10,000 beds, the situation could have been prevented,” he said.

However, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as of June, South Korea’s COVID-19 fiscal expenditure, including disaster aid, was 4.5%, far below the average of 20 major countries (17.3%). Last month’s spending was less than half that of the 20 major countries. Chosun said, “Even though we had enough time, what could be the reason for not preparing in advance for corona beds, such as intensive care beds?

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Editorial of ‘Enactment of Anti-Discrimination Act’ in 4 newspapers at once

President Moon Jae-in said on the 25th that the anti-discrimination law is a task that must be overcome in order for us to become an advanced human rights nation. President Moon Jae-in said this at a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea held at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul.

On the same day, the Justice Party began a sit-down, urging the enactment of an anti-discrimination law within the year. On the other hand, the Democratic Party held an ‘Anti-Discrimination Law Debate’ hosted by Park Wan-joo, Chairman of the Policy Committee, and invited religious people who made hateful comments about LGBTI people as an equal number with those in favor of the panel.

Many morning newspapers published editorials calling for the enactment of an anti-discrimination law. The newspapers criticized the Democratic Party’s ‘hate panel’ debate that contradicted President Moon’s remarks. Some highlighted President Moon’s remarks urging the enactment of a belated anti-discrimination law at the end of his term.

▲6 pages of Kyunghyang Shinmun on the 26th
▲6 pages of Kyunghyang Shinmun on the 26th

The Kyunghyang Shinmun reported on page 6 of President Moon’s remarks, and the title read, “At the end of my term… ” he added. President Moon met with Protestant figures at the Blue House in September last year and was criticized for saying, “I know the church’s concerns, so don’t worry” about the issue of the anti-discrimination law. When he ran for president in 2017, President Moon even withdrew his promise to enact an anti-discrimination law made in the previous presidential election.

▲6 pages of the Seoul newspaper on the 26th
▲6 pages of the Seoul newspaper on the 26th
▲The 26th Seoul newspaper editorial
▲The 26th Seoul newspaper editorial

The Seoul Shimbun said, “The ’20 Years of the Human Rights Commission’ must be an opportunity to call for a new resolution throughout our society. The fact that the Anti-Discrimination Act, first submitted by the Human Rights Commission in 2006, has not yet crossed the threshold of the National Assembly shows that a lack of awareness of human rights is a disease of both progressives and conservatives.” The Seoul Shimbun also published a photo article on the same day that Yoon Seok-yeol, a presidential candidate for People’s Strength, opposed the enactment of the Anti-Discrimination Act.

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The Kyunghyang Shinmun, referring to the 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Commission, said, “The Human Rights Commission still has a long way to go. First of all, the independence of the organization and budget must be strengthened so that human rights policies can be implemented responsibly and free from the influence of the government,” he said. Following last year, the Human Rights Commission recently urged the National Assembly to quickly enact a comprehensive anti-discrimination law.” Kyunghyang said, “Politicians should proactively engage in the enactment of the anti-discrimination law, which is a task of the times. It is not a matter of deciding whether the election is good or bad,” he said.

The Hankyoreh said, “President Moon’s remarks are a step forward from the remarks made by the Blue House staff meeting last month that ‘the anti-discrimination law is in the stage to be reviewed’.” It is a timely remark given the appearance of the The Hankyoreh ordered the Democratic Party to actively enact legislation, saying, “Does this mean that they do not know that indifference to the distinction between ‘opposition’ and ‘hate’ can be another form of violence for minorities?”

▲ 26th Hankyoreh editorial
▲ 26th Hankyoreh editorial

Meanwhile, the Kookmin Ilbo reported on the issue of the debate on the same day, strengthening the arguments of the opposing side of the Anti-Discrimination Act. “Charge law without social consensus… The objection to the anti-discrimination law, including the remarks of a pastor who said, “The opposing party pointed out the reverse discrimination and blind spots of the equality law,” and “I myself prove that non-homosexuality is possible.” of more than half of the article.

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