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More Than 400,000 Covid-19 Cases Recorded Among Children Under 18, 32-Fold Increase Compared To 2020

More Than 400,000 Covid-19 Cases Recorded Among Children Under 18, 32-Fold Increase Compared To 2020

Infections went from five figures in the span of a year to six figures in nine months.

Hakim Hassan

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Covid-19 infection involving people under 18 years of age recorded an increase of more than 32-fold, in a nine-month period, according to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.

He cited the statistics and said that cases involving those under 18 had jumped to more than 400,000. In 2019, that number was 12,000.

Khairy said that 252,569 cases involved school children while 42,831 cases were made up of preschool children.

The Minister also mentioned that 67 deaths were recorded from the disease.

In this regard, it is our shared responsibility to continue to ensure that our children are protected from Covid-19 by ensuring a safe environment for them, including taking appropriate preventive and protective measures.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar via Berita Harian

Vaccinations for teens aged 12 to 17 underway

In line with the current study, Khairy said, the government started injecting the vaccine to teenagers between the ages of 12 to 17 as a way to protect them.

Currently, he said more than 30% of the total 2.5 million adolescent vaccination targets have already received their first dose.

Although vaccinations provide protection from adverse effects of Covid-19, Khairy said that it is not enough as the new normal practices still need to be continued to reduce the risk of infection.

Among the steps we need to do charity to children include wearing face masks all the time, washing hands with soap or using disinfectant liquids and practicing physical distancing. Besides that, apply the ethics of coughing and sneezing properly. Do not attend school if you have symptoms or have positive contact. Ensure good ventilation in the school. Implement decontamination in the school and do screening at the school entrance.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar via Berita Harian

Khairy said such a series of efforts was also part of the preparation of school children and parents before their children start school soon.

He mentioned that the most important thing to focus on was for each child to be able to adjust to the new norms, by providing support and encouragement in adhering to standard operating procedures (SOPs), regardless of whether they were vaccinated or otherwise.


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