COLOMBO (News 1st): The rate of children admitted to hospitals after contracting the COVID-19 virus has risen sharply, the Ministry of Health said on Monday (Jan. 24).
There is a rapid increase in the rate of COVID-19 infections among all age groups, Dr. G. Wijesuriya, the Deputy Director-General of Health Services told News 1st.
Whilst pointing out that children are more likely to contract the virus from parents and adults, as opposed to from other children, Dr. Wijesuriya urged parents to practice caution with their children.
“There is a significant number of children infected with COVID-19 currently receiving in-house treatment. The rate of critical infections is minimum. More than 50 children are receiving in-house treatment at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children (LRH), while around 10 to 15 COVID-19 cases are directed for treatment daily,” he noted.
Deputy Director-General of Health Services, Dr. G. Wijesuriya pointed out that the prevailing situation may further worsen towards mid-February and urged everyone above the age of 12-years to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and those over the age of 20-years to receive booster shots as early as possible.