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Corona’s grip in Nagpur has been getting thicker day-by-day; number of children getting affected by the virus have been increasing manifold. On Wednesday, a five-month-old baby boy from Gaddigodam area and a nine-year-old girl from Kondhali tested positive for the virus. Over 50 positive patients in the city come under the age of 15. Children accounted for 13.51% of the total positive corona patients in the city. When the information was provided, the total positive cases in the city were 374 as compared to 395 on Thursday. Contrary to the popular perception that children especially infants are not likely to be at risk of COVID-19 is a common misconception.
According to experts, one has to keep in mind that the virus, like elders, can infect children too. The average age of patients infected by the virus in the city is roughly between 31 to 50 years of age. While children have no visible symptoms and are at very low risk of being infected, they can still pass on infections to others. Thus it is necessary to look after young children more.
Out of the 50 Corona positive children detected in Nagpur, while 32 among them comprised boys, 18 were girls and more than two were infants. There are also more than eight children who fall in the age bracket of one to five years and 40 children from six to 15 years of age.