After India, the corona virus has shifted its focus to Indonesia. In Indonesia, the corona virus has caused the death of hundreds of children, most of them under the age of five. This shows that now even children are not safe from corona infection, whereas earlier it was believed that children are not at much risk of corona.
Corona is taking children in the grip of Indonesia
According to the report of the New York Times, it has also come to the fore that the death rate of children due to Kovid-19 is higher in Indonesia than any other country. Indonesia’s Pediatric Society chief Dr Aman Bhakti Pulangan was quoted as saying, in the week of July 12 alone, more than 150 children have lost their lives to Kovid-19, half of the recent deaths are under 5 years of age.
Referring to the report of pediatricians, he said that 12.5 percent of the infected cases in the country are children, which is an increase compared to the previous months. He said, “We have the largest number in the world. Why are we not able to give the best to our children?”
Indonesia becomes new center in case of infection
The Delta variant, which was first revealed in India, has made its way to many other countries. The increase in mortality in Indonesia also coincides with the spread of the delta variant in Southeast Asia, where vaccination rates are poor, resulting in outbreak records not only in Indonesia but in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam.
In July, Indonesia became the new epicenter of the pandemic, overtaking India and Brazil in terms of daily cases. On Friday, officials announced about 50,000 new cases of infection and 1,566 deaths. According to Pulangan, 800 children under the age of 18 have died from the virus in Indonesia since the start of the pandemic, but most of those deaths were recorded only last month.
Health experts say that a high number of deaths in children can be due to health problems such as malnutrition, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. According to a report by Oxford University, the low rate of vaccination in the country is also another factor. Only 16 percent of Indonesians have received the first dose of the vaccine and only 6 percent have used both doses of the vaccine.
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