Cases of coronavirus in children increase manifold in IIOJK


Srinagar, June 04 (KMS): As Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), faces second wave of Coronavirus, there has been a surge in number of cases of acute virus among children in the territory.
The fresh surge of Coronavirus cases has witnessed more pediatric cases among ages of more than 10 years and also between 1 to 8 years.
As per the official document in possession of media, the cases of acute Covid-19 have increase manifold in the occupied territory.
“It is believed that COVID-19 is relatively less common in children and serious COVID-19 disease is a rare occurrence. However, the number of cases in children has been steadily increasing and so are the children with the severe COVID-19 disease being admitted to ICU,” reads the document.
It said that a significant proportion of children are asymptomatic or may have non-specific symptoms making a diagnosis of infection challenging. Children with several co-morbidities like genetic, neurologic, and metabolic diseases have an increased risk of severe disease.
“Children with SARS-CoV-2 infection are at risk of developing Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome of Children (MIS-C), a syndrome akin to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome,” it said.
The document said COVID-19 among children constituted 7.3 per cent (73/1000 cases) of cases admitted to one COVID-19 centre in Kashmir province in 2020.
“In another tertiary care centre, of the 81 children with COVID-19 seen in 2020, 19 had acute COVID-19 disease with no mortality and rest had MIS-C,” it adds.
“The same tertiary centre has already registered 60 patients with COVID-19 (57 acute COVID-19 and 3 with MIS-C) during the second wave in 2021. Three children with acute COVID-19 disease died with severe pneumonic illness,” the document reads.
It stated that it is suspected that the number of cases with MIS-C will show a considerable the rise in the coming weeks as the syndrome follows COVID-19 infection by several weeks.
Pertinently, India’s Covid Advisory Committee members in their recent report have also said that the occurrence of COVID-19 related severe lung disease and deaths in children is a direct reflection of the introduction of variants of concern in the community, which have a propensity to cause severe disease.

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