Statewide cases crept closer to 19,000 on Monday, and there are now 845 reported deaths.
There may be some community spread of Covid-19 in hotspots and these areas need to be monitored closely to prevent community transmission of the virus, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Monday, even as fresh coronavirus cases in the country registered a slight dip and fell below 500 for the first time in the past five days.
The coronavirus's less-severe manifestations in children have been an enduring mystery.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only counts deaths where the presence of the coronavirus is confirmed in a lab test, The Washington Post reports, and "we know that it is an underestimation", CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said. These figures were lower than adults ages 18-64, who had an estimated 10%-33% of patients hospitalized. Most prominent of them is the Nizamuddin cluster which accounts for 329 out of 525 Covid-19 cases in the state. All stories linked in the newsletter are free to access.
The projection models being used by the Trump administration to guide policy led President Donald Trump to declare that the best-case result was between 100,000 and 240,000 people dying of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus from China.
Median age of patients was 11, and almost a third of cases occurred in teens ages 15-17, with 27% of cases among children ages 10-14, and 15% apiece among children ages 5 to 9, and infants younger than age 1.
The authors cautioned that many details were missing from pediatric cases, so the report should be considered preliminary. Cases were slightly more common in boys than girls. But hospitalization status was known in only 29% of cases involving children. These numbers reveal a hospitalization rate of 5.7 to 20 percent and an ICU admission rate of just.58 to 2 percent.
"Data from China suggest that pediatric COVID-19 cases might be less severe than cases in adults and that children might experience different symptoms than do adults; however, disease characteristics among pediatric patients in the United States have not been described", the CDC wrote in its report. Notably, 56% of pediatric patients reported fever, 54% reported cough, and 13% reported shortness of breath. That's less than 2% of total cases, even though that age group makes up 22% of the US population.
The first national data on COVID-19 in US children suggest that while the illness usually isn't severe in kids, some do get sick enough to require hospital treatment. Every person who comes in contact with the infected can be traced and isolated.