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DOH Cites Surge in COVID-19 Cases among Children

DOH – The Department of Health confirmed the rise in the COVID-19 cases among children who are below five (5) years old.

The Philippines is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic for more than two (2) years now. The pandemic has hit several countries across the globe and cost millions of lives. It rocked the healthcare systems of several nations.

PH is one of the countries that are currently in the pursuit to achieve herd immunity or population protection through mass vaccinations. Several brands of the vaccines including Pfizer, Sinovac, Moderna, Janssen, AstraZeneca, and Sputnik V were either procured by the national government or donated by other countries or entities.

The vaccination is open for adults now while the giving of vaccines to a certain age group of kids is about to start this month. Unfortunately, a lot of kids daily are getting infected by the virus.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire
Photo: The Manila Times

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Department of Health (DOH) recently confirmed that there is a rise in COVID-19 cases among kids who are below five (5) years old compared to the cases during the peak of the Delta variant.

The Delta is one of the variants of concern that caused a surge in the cases in several nations including the Philippines. Currently, the variant of concern is the Omicron which caused a spike in the cases in the country.

Based on the report, DOH said that the tally of the COVID-19 cases among the kids below five (5) years old was at 632 on January 24 to 30 while the cases were at 554 during the peak of the Delta variant. With regards to the cases among individuals aged 60 years old and above, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that there is a decrease.

Under Alert Level 2, kids are now allowed to go outdoors and DOH stressed that the rise in the cases should not stop parents from letting their children go outdoors. The Undersecretary stressed that what is needed is to give protection to the children.

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