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S. Korea's critically ill COVID-19 patients at highest levels of pandemic Updated: 2021-11-11 17:03:16 KST

The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients in South Korea has gone up by 13 to reach 473, the highest since the pandemic began.
To that, the KDCA chief, Jeong Eun-kyeong cautioned that if this number keeps rising, the country could face some difficulties heading into the second stage of its "gradual return to normal" scheme which is currently set for December.

But at the same time, authorities said that the current uptick is still within the medical system's current capacity, and there are still plenty of hospital beds available.
They also said now is not the time to discuss any kind of circuit breaker that would reverse the easing of measures.
Also authorities attributed the number of critically ill patients to the length of this current wave of the pandemic.

"We're seeing numbers go up because the pandemic has gone on for so long. That's why we also recognize this can affect our current medical capacity and are asking for people at high risk to get their booster shots."

As of now, seniors over 60, younger people working in the healthcare sector, and Janssen recipients are eligible.
To make booster shots more accessible, from Friday these target groups can reserve leftover vaccines using Naver and Kakao Talk on the day they want their jabs.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.
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