28 Oct 2021 19:31

About 1,000 children catch Covid-19 in Moscow daily - deputy mayor

MOSCOW. Oct 28 (Interfax) - Nearly 1,000 children a day get sick with coronavirus in Moscow, and between 20 and 30 are hospitalized with Covid-19, Moscow Deputy Mayor for Social Development Anastasia Rakova said on Thursday.

"Earlier, we had between 200 and 300 sick children per day, but now it's about 1,000. And if before in the daily report regarding hospitalizations I saw hospitalized children very rarely, today, it's from 20 to 30 children who are hospitalized every day," Rakova said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 (VGTRK) television channel.

At the same time, about 200,000 children have been sick with coronavirus in Moscow throughout the pandemic, Rakova said. Of the children hospitalized with Covid-19 at Bashlyayeva Children's Hospital, seven are in serious condition, and two are on ventilators.

"Indeed, the Delta variant is more difficult for children, and we see acute clinical manifestations during the disease, especially in older children aged between 14 and 17, as well as in children who have comorbidities, namely, obesity, diabetes, they have a lower immune status, so they are severely ill," Rakova said.

In addition to more severe cases of Covid-19 in children, multisystem inflammatory syndrome, similar to Kawasaki syndrome, has become increasingly common as a complication of the disease, Rakova said. It occurs both in those who have been severely ill and in asymptomatic patients.