Why more children getting infected with Delta variant in Australia?

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

18th Aug, 2021. 12:33 pm
Australia

While it has been revealed that more children are becoming infected with COVID-19 in Australia and abroad, the reason for this has yet to be proven.

One obvious reason for the increased infection rate among children and teens is that they have the lowest vaccination rates. According to NSW Health statistics, 25% of 15-29-year-olds had gotten one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

According to NSW Health data, 25% of 15-29-year-olds have had one dose of COVID-19 vaccination, compared to 78% of 70-79-year-olds. The World Health Organization believes there is insufficient evidence to support the claim that the Delta variant has been specifically targeting children.

Let me be very clear: we are not seeing the Delta variant specifically target children,” WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said at a press conference a few weeks ago.

“There was some suggestion that the variants were specifically targeting children, but that actually is not the case. What we are seeing is that the variants will target those who are socially mixing,” Van Kerkhove said.

“What we do see is that the variants that are circulating will infect people if they are not taking the proper precautions,” she said, referring to measures such as physical distancing and avoiding gathering in poorly ventilated, crowded indoor spaces.

NSW records 633 new COVID-19 cases

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says NSW hasn’t “seen the worst of it” as she confirmed 633 new COVID-19 cases and three fatalities, setting a pandemic record.

According to the Premier, some people are still “choosing to break rules,” and their actions are causing the state to regress. Yesterday police caught

Police caught at least 400 cases of people leaving their houses when they were meant to be isolated.

One person was fined $5,000 after telling police he was putting the garbage out but had really left his home.

People who disobeyed public health rules were handed 736 penalty infringement notices by police yesterday.

People should not travel more than 5 kilometers from their house, according to the Premier.

“Imagine if out of those hundreds and hundreds of people doing the wrong thing, a couple has the virus and are going around the community spreading it, that sets all of us back,” Ms. Berejiklian said.

 

 

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