A baby less than a year old has died from Covid-19.
The baby, who lived in Solano County, California, died last week in the county’s first paediatric death related to Covid-19, Fox News reports.
Solano County Health Officer Dr Bela Matyas offered his “deepest condolences” to the child’s family.
“This loss is an urgent reminder that children can get seriously ill and die from Covid-19. While paediatric deaths are incredibly rare, they are also very tragic,” he said.
He added the baby appeared healthy and had no underlying problems.
“It’s a tragic situation where the child was unfortunately one of those rare individuals who is essentially healthy and should recover well but doesn’t,” Dr Matyas said.
Dr Matyas urged more people to come forward for vaccinations.
The county has suffered 342 deaths from coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
About 77 per cent of residents have had one dose of the vaccine.
Deaths among children from coronavirus are rare.
According to UNICEF, about 0.4 per cent of 3.4 million recorded deaths are people under 20 years old which equates to about 12,000.
Of that amount, about 58 per cent were aged 10-19 and 42 per cent were 0-9.
The New York State Department of Health on Friday warned of a “striking increase” in new hospital admissions for children.
“The risks of Covid-19 for children are real,” acting State Health Commissioner Dr Mary T Bassett said in a statement.
“We are alerting New Yorkers to this recent striking increase in pediatric Covid-19 admissions so that pediatricians, parents and guardians can take urgent action to protect our youngest New Yorkers. We must use all available safe and effective infection control, prevention and mitigation strategies.”
Dr Bassett said parents should protect children who are five and older by getting them fully vaccinated while children under five are protected by ensuring those around them have been vaccinated and gotten boosters while adhering to other protective measures including mask-wearing, avoiding crowds and testing.
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