Uttarakhand is battling the second wave of COVID-19 and what has sparked a new worry is the alarming rise in infections among children.
Medical experts have warned that if steps are not taken to prevent the spread in children, the situation may get worse.
3,000 children infected in Uttarakhand
Around 3,000 children in Uttarakhand have been infected with the COVID-19 since April.
Nearly 1,000 children under the age of 9 have tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand over the past ten days, the ANI news agency reported, citing the state health department. Among these, several children have been admitted to hospitals to receive COVID-19 treatment.
In last one year, Uttarakhand witnessed only 2,131 COVID-19 cases in children, according to the health department. However, 264 children tested positive for COVID-19 from April 1 to April 15, 1,053 from April 16 to 30, and 1,618 from May 1 to 14, it said.
771 active COVID-19 cases
There are currently, 771 active COVID-19 cases per one lakh of population in Uttarakhand, which hosted the Maha Kumbh Mela from March to April.
This is seven times more than that of per one lakh people in the state, Anoop Nautiyal, President of Social Development for Communities Foundation (SDCF) told the news agency.
‘Singapore COVID-19 variant affecting children’
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday raised concern over new COVID-19 strains found in Singapore which is affecting children. He said that this mutant could land in India during the third wave of the COVID-19.
Kejriwal said in a tweet that the new strain of coronavirus in Singapore could enter India in the form of a third wave.
Furthermore, the Delhi CM requested the Centre to immediately ban to and fro Singapore flights.
“The new form of coronavirus in Singapore is said to be very dangerous for children. It could reach Delhi in the form of a third wave. My appeal to the Central government: 1. Cancel all air services with Singapore with immediate effect 2. Work on vaccine alternatives for children on a priority basis,” Kejriwal said in a tweet in Hindi.
Notably, as per several doctors and virologists’ prediction, the third wave of pandemic may attack children predominantly.