PESHAWAR: The Khyber Teaching Hospital, Peshawar, has admitted three minor Covid-19 patients, including two girls, with coronavirus claiming ten more lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to the doctors at the hospital, the children are two months, six months and four years of age and two of them are in critical condition.
Dharti News was told that those cases belonged to Peshawar, Lower Dir and Mardan and were held in the isolation centre of the hospital.
Meanwhile, in a survey, the health department said that Peshawar registered four coronavirus deaths, Abbottabad two and Mardan, Swat, Lower Dir and Haripur one per day. Among the deceased was Dr. Muzaffar Said an endocrinologist who died of coronavirus at the Saidu Teaching Hospital, Swat.
The Provincial Doctors’ Association announced that 37 doctors in the province have lost their lives due to coronavirus.
The Shuhada Kit was needed for them to risk their lives to save others.
The district health officer of Peshawar also recommended the closing of the Girls Higher Secondary School, Chamkani, to the deputy commissioner after the discovery of 10 cases among staff members and students.
Of the incidents, officials said, seven were teachers and other staff, and the others were pupils.
They said the administration’s reaction to the advisory was expected. The experts caution that younger people who remained healthy during the first wave are likely to be contaminated with the second wave of coronavirus.
The second wave of Covid-19 is more serious and often infects young people,” Prof Syed Amjad Taqweem, CEO of Health Net Hospital, said to Dawn.”
He said the virus could even infect babies, but it’s not going to be very widespread.
Prof Taqweem said commitment to precautionary steps was the best way to minimise coronavirus-related deaths and occurrence.
A study prepared by the Ministry of National Health Care, Legislation and Coordination’s National Emergency Center revealed that 20 children aged 1-10 years have died of the virus following the coronavirus epidemic in the world earlier this year.
The number of such deaths was 33 in the 10-20 age group, it added.
The study indicated that there were 15,568 cases of coronavirus of that age bracket registered in the world, whilst the number of virus patients aged 10-20 years was 38,329.
The deaths and occurrence of Covid-19 in younger people were ‘nominal’ during the first wave, but the second wave of the infection was more virulent and could cause more cases and deaths of this kind.
The health department’s survey said the province’s death rate from coronavirus increased to 1,521 and cases on Friday to 58,884.
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It added that the district of Peshawar was the hardest hit by the pandemic, as four virus deaths and 235 new cases were reported, the highest in the province.