South Africa's Covid-19 deaths in children under 19 rise to 10

South Africa's Covid-19 deaths in children under 19 rise to 10

- The number of Covid-19 fatalities in children in the country has risen in the past week

- Two more children died from the virus, bringing the total number to 10

- Experts say there is still a lot to be learned about the disease and how to effectively limit the number of fatalities

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South Africa's Covid-19 child deaths have risen to 10 as two more children died from the virus since Friday..

The latest statistics, released by the national Department of Health on Monday night, revealed that the 10th South African child to die from the virus was aged between 10 and 19.

According to the statistics, three children under the age of three and seven under the age of 19 have died from Covid-19 since the pandemic hit the country.

The number of Covid-19 fatalities in children has risen to 10

The number of Covid-19 fatalities in children has risen to 10
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More than 3 000 children have been infected with the Covid-19 pandemic. South Africa currently has 144 264 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 2 529 deaths.

The majority Covid-19 deaths are adults between the ages of 50 to 69, making up just just over 50% of the all the country's cases.

TimesLIVE reported that Ccief director of child, youth and school health at the national Department of Health, Dr Lesley Bamford, said children generally have a much milder disease than adults and it is likely that a higher proportion of infections in children are asymptomatic when compared to infections in adults.

Bamford said:

"“We do not fully understand why almost all children have only mild disease. Most adults also have mild disease, but approximately 15% of adults with symptoms will develop more severe disease.
"Older adults and those with comorbidities like diabetes and heart disease are at higher risk of developing severe disease."

She added that it was initially thought children would play a major role in transmitting Covid-19 to those around them.

Prof Haroon Saloojee of the University of Witwatersrand's paediatrics and child health department said children biologically contain Covid-19 better than adults and are less likely to get sick if infected.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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