Children below 12 starting to form majority of COVID-19 cases admitted to hospitals: MOH

21/1/2022 12:25:00 PM

Children below 12 starting to form majority of COVID-19 cases admitted to hospitals: MOH

Children below 12 starting to form majority of COVID-19 cases admitted to hospitals: MOH

SINGAPORE: Children below the age of 12 are starting to form the majority of COVID-19 cases admitted to hospitals, said the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) director of medical services Kenneth Mak on Friday (Jan 21). \u0022The overall number of children below 12 years of age infected with COVID-19 is higher

SINGAPORE: Children below the age of 12 are starting to form the majority of COVID-19 cases admitted to hospitals, said the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) director of medical services Kenneth Mak on Friday (Jan 21)."The overall number of children below 12 years of age infected with COVID-19 is higher than the overall number of active COVID-19 cases above the age of 16 who have not yet fully recovered," Associate Professor Mak said at a press conference by the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force.

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"The overall number of children below 12 years of age infected with COVID-19 is higher than the overall number of active COVID-19 cases above the age of 16 who have not yet fully recovered," Associate Professor Mak said at a press conference by the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force. “So to put things into perspective, our children in this age group in fact are starting to form the majority of cases that are admitted into hospitals for care.” Both KK Women's and Children's Hospital and the National University Hospital are seeing more children with COVID-19 and non-coronavirus-related respiratory symptoms who need to be admitted, he added. The home kits will be supplied free of charge, he said. “Although Omicron is said to affect the upper airways more than the low airways in infected people, with the lower rates of pneumonia setting in, children are very sensitive to inflammation in the upper airways and this can cause wheezing and restlessness,” said Assoc Prof Mak. “So more children with Omicron infections are being admitted for treatment.S.

But thankfully, they do not require long hospital stays or ICU care." The increase in admissions have filled up beds in paediatric wards dedicated to children infected with COVID-19, Assoc Prof Mak said. “The situation is compounded by the increase in numbers of children with non-COVID-19-related community respiratory infections who may also require hospital care,” he said, adding that these children need additional isolation and testing at the start to determine if they have COVID-19. Related: Children aged 12 to 17 must get COVID-19 booster within 270 days of 2nd dose to maintain fully vaccinated status MOH is watching the number of infections in children “very carefully”, he added, noting that the number of such cases has risen steadily over the last week. There were 312 new cases involving children below the age of 12 on Thursday, more than double the 120 cases reported the week before on Jan 13, he said. "The aim is to protect the most vulnerable, to protect those at highest risk of severe disease and dying.

The majority of cases involving children were able to recover at home, he added. 4 CHILDREN WITH SEVERE INFECTIONS Providing more figures, Assoc Prof Mak said that of the 14,380 children under the age of 12 who were infected with COVID-19 between Oct 21 last year and Jan 16 this year, four of them - or 0.03 per cent - had severe infections and needed oxygen supplementation or ICU care. There were 15 children in this group who developed multi-systemic inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a late complication after recovering from COVID-19 infection, he noted. Related: .