Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob gave sobering statistics of the number of children under age 12 that have been infected with Covid-19.
In a statement, he said they totalled 41,971 to date. These include 6,290 babies below 18 months old. The overall number of children infected, including those older than 12, has risen eight-fold.
“To date, there are 64,046 children nationwide infected with Covid-19 compared to 8,369 reported cases throughout 2020.
“If before, the elderly were at risk of being infected with Covid-19, it seems that the threat of this virus is already contagious to children as well,” he said.
He said the number should be a wake-up call to parents to practise vigilance with health standard operating procedures. – MMO