SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in will preside over a COVID-19 response meeting early next week as the nation is battling with a surge in serious cases after easing some social distancing rules, the presidential office said Friday.
Moon will hold the meeting Monday during which he will discuss a swift implementation of booster shots and other containment measures with relevant ministers, the office said in a statement.
South Korea has seen a sharp jump in daily coronavirus infections after the government started its first phase of the "living with COVID-19" scheme this month for people's gradual return to normal life.
The nation's daily virus cases stayed below 4,000 for the second straight day Friday, but critical cases rose to a record high.
Critically ill patients hit an all-time high of 617 on Friday, up five from the previous high on Thursday, amid growing concerns about a shortage of hospital beds.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said the country's virus situation is worse than expected, especially in the capital area, urging health authorities to beef up containment measures.
Kim said the Seoul metropolitan area, home to half of the country's population, is in an urgent situation and needs to consider imposing an emergency COVID-19 response plan based on health authorities' virus risk assessment.