6,000 kids test positive for Covid-19

6,000 kids test positive for Covid-19

Covid-19 infections among children are rising with some 6,000 children testing positive last week, the highest weekly figure collected by the Department of Health since the Omicron outbreak began earlier this year.

Ekachai Piansriwatchara, the department's deputy chief, urged parents to take care of their children by strictly complying with health measures aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Dr Ekachai said the department is monitoring a rise in Covid-19 infections among children aged five and younger. He said it is in line with a surge in daily infections among the general population.

"The number of kids has jumped from around 1,000 cases per week in January to 6,000 cases per week," he said. "I suggest parents exercise extreme caution for their kids as there is no vaccine for [0-5 years old] right now."

From last April to Feb 17, there have been 107,059 kids infected with the virus, the department said.

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