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960 Babies, Kids & Teens Infected With Covid In Sabah, More At Risk

960 Babies, Kids & Teens Infected With Covid In Sabah, More At Risk

Akmal Hakim

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31 infants below the age of one, 297 children between the ages of one to five, and 632 kids between six to 17-years-old teenagers were among the 3,487 people who were confirmed positive with Covid-19 in Sabah on Thursday (26 August).

A spokesperson for the State Government said that the majority of cases, 2,240 to be exact, were patients between the ages of 18 and 59 while the rest were elderly individuals above 60-years-old.

The state was said to be facing an increase in the number of outbreaks, with as many as 1,992 cases detected just with contact tracing.

Several areas across the state have also been placed under an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) to limit the spread of the virus.

Children at risk

As of May 2021, it was reported that a total of 82,341 children across the country tested positive for coronavirus.

19,851 recorded cases were of children below the age of four, while another 8,237 cases involved kids aged five to six. A total of 26,851 cases were found in children aged seven to 12, while 27,402 cases were of those aged 13 to 17-years-old.

More and more kids are also said to be hospitalised with symptoms of Covid-19, with some needing ICU admissions.

However, former National Covid-19 Immunisation Program (PICK) Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced recently that vaccinations for children between 12 to 17-years-old would begin in September, prioritising older schoolchildren and those with illnesses.

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