[국제]U.S. minor coronavirus cases increase by 32% in two weeks… Reluctant to vaccinate children

25% of the new confirmed cases are underage… higher than the population
The number of underage hospitalizations and deaths is increasing… 8,300 hospitalized patients aged 5-11 years
To prevent infection of minors, the target of vaccination is expanded to those over 5 years of age
Only 27% of parents with children between the ages of 5 and 11 said they would get their children vaccinated.


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The number of people under the age of 18 infected with COVID-19 in the United States increased by 32% in two weeks.

As the problem of infection under children grows, the U.S. government has expanded the vaccination coverage to those over the age of five, but many parents are still reluctant to vaccinate their children.

Reporter Kim Hyung-geun on the sidewalk.

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Among the COVID-19 patients in the United States, there were 107,000 minors as of the 4th.

However, two weeks later, on the 18th, the number had risen to 144,000.

That’s a whopping 32% increase.

[로널드 포드 / 美 플로리다주 아동병원 의사 : 지난 몇 주간 어린이 코로나19 환자가 엄청나게 증가했어요. 입원한 어린이 환자들은 이전에 우리가 보았던 사례보다 증상이 심해 상당수가 중환자실에서 치료해야 합니다.]

Minors make up 22% of the total population.

However, 25% of the new cases this week are underage.

Compared to the population, the infection rate is higher than that of adults.

As the number of infections increases, the number of hospitalized patients and deaths is also increasing.

In particular, the number of very young hospitalized patients aged 5-11 years reached 8,300 as of the end of last month.

[앤서니 파우치 / 美 국립 알레르기·전염병 연구소 소장 : 더 많은 아이들이 감염될 가능성이 있고 그 비율이 적더라도 특정 비율의 아이들은 입원이 필요할 것입니다. 그래서 병원에서 더 많은 아이들을 보게 될 것입니다.]

As the problem of infection among minors became serious, the US authorities lowered the target of vaccination to those over the age of 12 and then expanded it to those over the age of five starting this month.

However, there are many parents who are hesitant to vaccinate their children, so vaccination is slowing down.

According to a civic group survey, only 27% of parents of children aged 5 to 11 said they would get the vaccine.

In the midst of this, health experts are concerned that COVID-19 may spread more among children during the Thanksgiving holiday.

This is YTN Kim Hyung-geun.

YTN Kim Hyung-geun ([email protected])

[저작권자(c) YTN & YTN plus 무단전재 및 재배포 금지]

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