High COVID-19 rate in ages 0-19 in India, finds study

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High COVID-19 rate in ages 0-19 in India, finds study
High COVID-19 rate in ages 0-19 in India, finds study

08 Oct 2021: High COVID-19 rate in ages 0-19 in India, finds study

A study has found an increased rate of infection of COVID-19 among those aged 0-19 years and women in India. The cross-sectional study also found frequent incidences of post-vaccination infections with the Delta variant compared to another strain, the World Health Organisation noted in its COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update. The study comes amid the festive season, which has sparked worries of an imminent spike.

Study: Study analyzed 9,500 cases of B.1 and Delta variant

The study—which is yet to be peer-reviewed—assessed 9,500 COVID-19 cases in India caused by the B.1 variant and the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant. It found an increased number of infections among those aged 0-19 years and women. Other findings included a lower mean age for infection, symptomatic illness, and hospitalization; higher mortality; and frequent breakthrough infections with Delta.

Context: Festive season could worsen COVID-19 situation

Experts worry that the ongoing festive season in India—which will likely witness increased gatherings, travels, and merriment—will lead to another spike in COVID-19 cases. For several weeks, daily infections in India have stagnated around 20,000 infections. With schools reopening, even as those aged under 18 have not been vaccinated yet, some experts fear a third wave of COVID-19 may be imminent.

Statistics: India's tally crosses 3.39 crore; nearly 4.5 lakh dead

According to the Union Health Ministry, till Friday morning, India reported a total of 3,39,15,569 COVID-19 cases. The death toll has reached 4,50,127. So far, 3,32,00,258 patients have recovered, while active infections stood at a 205-day low of 2,40,221. India recorded 21,257 new infections, 24,963 more discharges, and 271 fresh fatalities. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.53%.

Vaccine: 20% of India's total population fully vaccinated

According to the Friday morning update, 93,17,17,191 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered across India. Nearly 20% of India's total population has been fully vaccinated, while around 50% has received at least one dose. Those aged under 18 years of age remain unvaccinated. Although Zydus Cadila's ZyCoV-D vaccine has been approved for ages 12 and up, it is yet to be rolled out.

Trend: India's second wave peaked on May 7

India's second wave peaked on May 7, when 4.14 lakh single-day cases were reported, over four times the number of cases reported during the first wave in mid-September 2020. Although infections have declined since the second wave peaked, India crossed the 3 crore-mark on June 23. India had crossed the 1 crore-mark on December 19, 2020, and the 2 crore-mark on May 4, 2021.

States: 58% new cases concentrated in Kerala

Maharashtra reported 2,681 new COVID-19 cases along with 2,413 more recoveries. Kerala, the second worst-hit state after Maharashtra, reported 12,288 new cases and 15,808 discharges. Meanwhile, the third worst-hit Karnataka added 442 new cases and 635 recoveries. Tamil Nadu, the fourth worst-hit state, reported 1,390 new cases and 1,487 recoveries. Andhra Pradesh reported 643 new cases and 839 recoveries.

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