According to the data available with Empowered Group-1 (EG-1), the number of coronavirus cases among children below the age of 10 years has registered a steady rise amid a decline in COVID-19 cases across the country. Has been. It is to be noted that EG-1 has been entrusted with the task of formulating the country's COVID emergency strategy.
According to the data, the share of children in the total active COVID-19 cases has increased from 2.80% in March this year to 7.04% in August. This means that out of every 100 active Kovid cases, about seven are children.
However, according to experts, the number of COVID-19 cases in children may increase due to the low vulnerability of adults to the virus.
The data was presented in the EG-1 meeting chaired by NITI Aayog member VK Paul, in which officials from various ministries, including the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, were present.
Among the 18 states and union territories in August, the number of COVID-19 cases among children was highest in Mizoram (16.48% of the total active cases) and the lowest in Delhi (2.25%). Eight states – Mizoram (16.48%), Meghalaya (9.35%), Manipur (8.74%), Kerala (8.62%), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (8.2%), Sikkim (8.02%), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (7.69%) ) and Arunachal Pradesh (7.38%) - recorded a higher proportion of COVID-19 children than the national average of 7.04%.
The states which reported a lower proportion of COVID-19 than the national average for August were Puducherry (6.95%), Goa (6.86%), Nagaland (5.48%), Assam (5.04%), Karnataka (4.59%). %), Andhra Pradesh (4.53%), Odisha (4.18%), Maharashtra (4.08%), Tripura (3.54%) and Delhi (2.25%).
“The proportion of children being admitted is higher than before. This mainly happens for two reasons. First, there is greater awareness and alertness; Second, vulnerability can also increase proportionately.