June 2, 2023

Covid circumstances in Meghalaya spiked in May, prompting the state authorities to impose strict curbs. File


Over 5,000 youngsters as much as the age of 14 years in Meghalaya have been contaminated by Covid for the reason that pandemic started and 17 of them have succumbed to the an infection.

Out of those 17 youngsters, 13 died within the final month after the state noticed a spike in Covid circumstances.

Sharing the numbers, state Health Minister Alexander Laloo Hek advised mediapersons in the present day that the federal government has now determined to arrange paediatric hospitals at three places — Shillong, Tura in West Garo Hills and Jowai in West Jaintia Hills district.

These hospitals, the minister stated, shall be arrange in prefabricated buildings — buildings put collectively by assembling factory-made elements.

Data on the web site of the state well being division’s Covid dashboard reveals 5,101 confirmed circumstances within the 0-14 years age group. Out of those 4,344 youngsters have recovered to this point.

A majority of those circumstances have been reported over the previous one month. As many as 2,950 youngsters examined constructive for Covid since May 15; out of them, 2,821 have recovered to this point.

The variety of confirmed circumstances amongst youngsters accounts for 11.66 per cent of the full 43,732 circumstances reported by the state to this point.

Responding to a query on whether or not three hospitals for youngsters are enough in view of apprehensions {that a} potential third wave of Covid infections might severely have an effect on this age group, the minister replied, “Covid will attack everybody, not just children. We have to be careful.”

While a bit of specialists and research have said that there isn’t a indication but that youngsters shall be extra severely affected within the occasion of the third wave, a number of states have began getting ready for the following spike in circumstances with a concentrate on them.

Meghalaya reported 478 new Covid circumstances and 4 deaths over the previous 24 hours.

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