<Anchor> The number of

corona confirmed exceeded 7,000 for two days in a row. As the number of critically ill patients increases and the number of beds to treat them is reaching the limit, red flags are lit throughout our health care system. In fact, the number of people who have not been assigned a bed for more than a day has again exceeded 1,000, so the government has decided to further narrow the interval between the third dose of the vaccine.

First news, this is reporter Kim Deok-hyun.

<Reporter> The

aggravation rate, which refers to the rate of worsening of serious patients among confirmed patients, was 1.53% in September.

In response, the government prepared countermeasures such as securing hospital beds. Since last month, as the number of breakthrough infections among the elderly has surged, the aggravation rate has soared to 2.5%.

As the total number of confirmed cases surged to 7,000, the situation became even more serious.

The number of critically ill patients broke an all-time high of 857, and the number of patients waiting for more than a day in the hospital again exceeded 1,000.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that if the current epidemic continues, the number of confirmed cases per day could rise to about 8,000 by the end of next month, and to 11,000 if it worsens.

[Jung Eun-kyung / Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: I think this trend will continue and increase further. Concerns about an exponential increase as the level of quarantine response collapses... .] The

government considers that tertiary vaccination of the elderly is urgent, considering that 83% of patients with severe cases are aged 60 years or older.

First of all, the interval between the 3rd dose for those over 60 years of age has been advanced to 3 months after the basic vaccination, and within this month, you can visit the hospital and receive the same day vaccination without prior reservation.

For those aged 18-59 years, the interval between vaccinations has been reduced to at least 4 months.

We decided to try and find measures to contain the spread of infection within the current quarantine system for the time being.

[Gimbugyeom / Prime Minister: metropolitan municipalities in the hope you after the Defense Management poised to elevate to the highest level in the on-site inspections and more active on the situation the Administration

, but between the government maedalrimyeo only inoculated with the home therapy three cars are hesitant defenses strengthened Concerns are growing that a medical disruption could become a reality.

(Video coverage: Jeong Seong-hwa, Kim Min-cheol, Video editing: Park Ji-in)

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