Covid-19: Children begin to make up large portion of new cases in Labuan, says health official | Malaysia

Labuan health department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said that as of February 27, a total of 54 children under 12 were infected with Covid-19, while another 219 such cases were people over the age of 13, who have not yet fully recovered. — Photo by Farhan Najib

LABUAN, February 28 — Children under the age of 12 are starting to make up a large portion of Covid-19 cases in Labuan, said the director of its health department, Dr Ismuni Bohari.

He said that as of February 27, a total of 54 children under the age of 12 were infected with Covid-19 while another 219 such cases were in people over the age of 13, who have not yet fully recovered. .

“Currently, we have 10 children, aged 12 and under, five of whom are admitted to the hospital and the Covid-19 Low Risk Quarantine and Treatment Center (PKRC) respectively.

“The other 44 are in home quarantine, and these children are categorized as Covid-19 category two,” he told Bernama Today.

Dr Ismuni said his team is seriously considering the number of infections involving children, as the number of such cases has steadily increased over the past week.

“There were 82 new cases involving children aged 12 and under reported on February 23, before dropping to 65 cases on February 26 and 54 yesterday, but we cannot predict (the trend) for the next few days” , did he declare.

Dr Ismuni said the number of children aged 5 to 11 receiving the vaccine under the National Program for Immunization of Children against Covid-19 (PICKids) has not yet exceeded the target after its launch February 7.

“We plan to run PICkids for a month (from February 7), but the number of children who have received their first dose has not yet exceeded 50% of the total target of 11,700,” said he declared.

He said that only 23.94% or 2,801 children have so far received the vaccines at four existing vaccination centers namely Labuan Hospital, Kompleks Darul Kifayah Ward, Sekolah Kebangsaan ( SK) Pekan 2 and SK Sungai Lada.

Labuan recorded three figures of new cases over the past week, to 311 cases yesterday, including two cases treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). ― Bernama

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