Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, July 27
Amid fears of a surge in Covid-19 among children in the potential third wave, kids under 10 years of age are reportedly contracting the virus in the district. In addition, for the last fortnight almost one or two fresh cases being reported include minors. As per the health officials, in the past week around five children between the age group 1-10 years were found infected by the virus. Similarly, 5-6 fresh cases were in the 10-18 age group.
Though there has been a decline in cases, the infection rate among kids is worrying. Dr Rohit Sharma (RMO), in-charge, Covid Data Cell, said, “For the past few weeks, the daily cases have undoubtedly declined. However, the rise in the infection rate among kids is of a valid concern. Considering the estimated figures, 12-15 cases of Covid positive children were reported in the district in the last fortnight.” The vaccination programme cover only those above 18 years of age, so minors are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
Doctors treating Covid patients say that the Covid-19 cases being reported among infants and children is a serious challenge for the Health Department. Amid possible emergence of the third wave, the infection rate of virus among children could also pose a challenge for their family members.
“Though its hard to predict, how the virus would mutate, as in the second wave too young people succumbed to the virus, but considering the vaccination drive, minors are at a higher risk of getting infected. Also, while there is a little evidence of fatality risk among children, post Covid complications can be diagnosed”, said Dr Navjot Dahiya, president, IMA.
The reason for rise in infection rate among children is also because they go out to play and more social activities could also pose a risk of catching the virus.
Two-yr-old among infected in district
The district on Tuesday reported four fresh cases, among which included a two-year-old child. For the past five days, no casualty due to Covid was reported and the total deaths at present are 1,490.
Three +ve in Hoshiarpur
A total of three Covid cases were reported on Tuesday in the district, taking the total district tally to 30,637 cases. The toll remained at 975 as no Covid death was reported.
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