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Children dying of Covid at alarming rate as Delta variant hits unvaccinated hard

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Previously thought to be the least affected by serious illness from coronavirus, data from Indonesia and Germany showed how under-18’s are dying at an alarming rate. It comes as the Government weighs up vaccinating children as young as 12 years old ahead of schools reopening.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Health reported more than 1,272 children have died from Covid since the start of the pandemic.

The country has suffered a spike in cases and deaths as the more contagious Delta variant, which first emerged in India, took hold in the country.

Statistics published on August 24 show under-18s account for around 1 percent of Indonesia’s total Covid death toll, much higher than the global average of 0.3 percent.

Official figures show more than half a million Indonesian children have tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

Indonesia approved vaccinations for over-12s in June, after rolling out jabs at the start of the year.

Doctor Eric Feigl-Ding, a public health scientist and Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington DC, posted data on Twitter showing Covid cases are far higher in children aged 5-14 than they are in those aged 60-79.

He said: “Cases are out of control in even Germany among children age 5-14.

“Per capita Covid-19 incidence far higher than elderly.

“But politicians worldwide have decided to forget children and just mass-infect kids without vaccines available yet. Shameful.”

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Data from Germany’s health ministry up to August 2021, compiled by Statista, showed those aged 35-39 years old have had the most cases.

Germany has seen 280,036 cases in those aged 5 to 14 years old and 288,598 in those 80 years old and above.

Dr Feigl-Ding also shared data on August 30 which quoted a CDC report, and said: “Unvaccinated schoolteacher with #DeltaVariant spread the coronavirus to half of the students in a classroom, just briefly without a mask—triggering an outbreak that infected 26 people.”

The CDC report said the teacher first showed symptoms on May 19, but worked for two days before getting tested.

On May 23, the teacher reported testing positive for infection with the coronavirus, with 12 of the students also testing positive over the next few days.

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It comes as the UK Government is still waiting for guidance on vaccinating 12-year-olds from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Dr Hilary said ITV’s Good Morning Britain it “makes sense: to vaccinate 12-year-olds, adding: “If we vaccinate children of 12 and over we give them added protection, but they’re not very vulnerable anyway at that age and there’s not a huge amount of evidence that you’d reduce transmission significantly.

“So if you’re not reducing transmission those are better used in the more vulnerable age group.

“However the government say they have capacity to vaccinate both groups at the same time, and if that’s the case then that makes sense as we are seeing younger children get Covid.

“We know that at the Boardmasters festival, out of the 5000 attendees there was a link to 4700 cases and two thirds of those were in the 16-21 year old age group.

“So they are vulnerable and we are seeing younger people being admitted to hospital as cases rise.”

August 31 saw 32,181 new cases and 50 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test across the UK.

In the week ending August 26, the seven-day average for new cases was at 355 per 100,000 people.

In total, the UK has seen 6,789,581 cases and 132,535 deaths from the virus.

Another 19,643 first doses and 66,648 second doses of coronavirus vaccine were administered on Monday.

In total, 48,048,009 first doses and 42,790,585 second doses have been administered, equalling 88.4 percent and 78.7 percent of the population over 16 respectively.



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