Children below the age of 12 are currently ineligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Regardless, a majority of them only experience mild or no symptoms as compared to seniors.
However, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said there are 4 cases of a paediatric inflammatory syndrome linked to Covid-19.
The cases involve children between 2 months and 8 years old, among whom 1 is currently still in the children’s intensive care unit (CICU).
Meanwhile, 12 more cases have passed away from Covid-19.
MOH said on Saturday (6 Nov) that there are 4 children diagnosed with paediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome-Covid (MIS-C) so far.
They are among over 8,000 Covid-19 cases involving children in Singapore so far — making it a rare disease.
The 4 cases include:
All of them were previously diagnosed with Covid-19, but MIS-C manifested later.
MOH said that the 4-year-old boy is still in the CICU and the KKH paediatric teams are actively managing his care.
In May 2020, a review of 26 countries found that about 14 in 10,000 children had MIS-C.
Although the 4 cases may worry many parents, cases of MIS-C are rare and comparable to Kawasaki disease, according to MOH.
Kawasaki disease affects about 150-200 children a year in Singapore.
Symptoms of MIS-C can include:
As of 6 Nov, 12 more cases aged between 60-98 have passed away from Covid-19. The death toll is now at 480.
MOH said all of them had various unspecified underlying medical conditions.
1,666 cases remain warded in hospital.
72.8% of ICU beds are currently being used.
Over the last 28 days, 98.7% of local infections had mild or no symptoms.
The majority of critical cases continue to involve seniors above the age of 60.
MOH is currently monitoring the following large clusters with active new cases:
They mainly involve transmissions among residents, patients, and staff.
Although parents may worry about their child getting MIS-C, the disease is considered rare.
Not all children have to go into the ICU as well.
We wish all 4 cases a speedy recovery.
Meanwhile, it’s advised to continue masking up, wash your hands, and keep to safe distancing measures so that you can reduce the risk of getting Covid-19.
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