25-30 pct of Covid-19 cases involve children, teenagers

Dr Mohamed Sapian (file photo).

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Aug 23: Approximately 25 to 30 per cent of the recent Covid-19 cases involving children and teenagers.

State Health director Dato Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed in a statement today said these groups of people were not eligible for vaccination at this juncture.

“From the daily cases reported, the majority of new Covid-19 positive cases were made up by Category One and Two which took up more than 99 per cent of cases.

“These recent new cases involved those who were not eligible to be vaccinated, who are children and teenagers below the age of 18,” he said.

Dr Mohamed Sapian thus reminded parents not to bring their children to public places,   allow them to go for outdoor activities or gather with friends.

On another note, Dr Mohamed Sapian said the usage of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds at present stood at 30 to 40 per cent.

Hence, he urged the community to play its role by abiding to the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the prevention of Covid-19 so as not to cause the healthcare facilities in hospitals and Covid-19 Quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) to be filled up with more Covid-19 patients which could be a burden to the Health Department.

Dr Mohamed Sapian said if the community did not play its role in adhering to the SOPs and Covid-19 cases continued to go up, the healthcare system will collapse and the department would not be able to provide reasonable services to those who required it. — DayakDaily