Children below 5 die of Covid-19, many more in critical situation

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PUTRAJAYA: Three deaths involving children aged below five years were recorded in the first five months this year as compared to the same number and category of children for the whole year 2020 due to COVID-19 infection.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the numbers of children admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) due to COVID-19 were also on the rise drastically.

He said, in the year 2020, eight paediatric cases were admitted to the ICU and out of which six cases involving children were aged below five.

However, until May 2021, 19 out of 27cases were involving children aged below five years.
“With all the information given, the Ministry of Health (MOH) hopes parents and guardians could play important roles to protect children with low immunity such as babies from being infected from the COVID-19 virus.

“Build up a safe surrounding besides adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) and adults who are qualified should immediately go for their vaccination,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a statement here today.

On COVID-19 cases today (June 3),Dr. Noor Hisham said, 8,209 new cases with the cumulative total 595,374 were recorded while 7,049 cases discharged bringing the grand total to 508.947 or 85.5 percent.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, 880 cases were admitted to ICU with 446 needed respiratory aids, 103 deaths bringing the death toll to 3,096, while 83,331 were active cases.

From the new cases, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 64 were imported cases, 7,049 or 86.5 percent involving Malaysians and 1,099 or 13.5 percent affecting foreigners. From the imported cases 56 were involving Malaysians and six foreigners.

The 103 death cases said Dr. Noor Hisham were involving 26 cases from Selangor, Kuala Lumpur (15), Johor (14), eight each in Sarawak and Kelantan, Sabah (7), six each in Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu, four each in Pulau Pinang and Kedah, two each in Melaka and Pahang and one case in Perak.

On another development, Dr. Noor Hisham said, out of 24 new clusters reported today, 19 had affected the work places namely in Selangor five cases, Sarawak (1), Johor (4), Kelantan (3), Penang (2), Sabah (1), Perak (1), Pahang (1) and Putrajaya (1) while the community clusters were in Sarawak (1), Johor (1) and Pahang (2) and one education cluster in Kuala Lumpur.

States contributing to COVID-19 cases today are Selangor with 3,125, Sabah (203), Kuala Lumpur (801), Johor (752), Sarawak (594), Penang (303), Kelantan (414), Negeri Sembilan (576), Perak (384), Kedah 373), Melaka (322), Pahang (135), Terengganu (127), Labuan (62), Putrajaya (33) and Perlis (5). –Malaysia World News


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