South Korea will increase the number of so-called "one-stop" COVID-19 treatment centers from just over 6,200 now to 10,000.
The centers are facilities where people can get tested, receive in-person medical attention and be prescribed antiviral drugs all in one visit.
"Even as COVID-19 case numbers rise, we'll make sure patients can be treated in a stable manner under the nation's general medical system."
At a Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters briefing Friday morning, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo also vowed to better manage the nationwide distribution of hospital beds by installing "joint response situation rooms."
And bringing up the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases after a fourteen-week downward trend, he cautioned against the threat of variant strains and reinfections.
South Korea reported nine,528 new cases on Friday 67 less than the day before but around two,300 more than last Friday's figure raising concerns that another surge is on the horizon.
There were eight more related deaths raising the death toll since the start of the pandemic to 24,555.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.