On June 5, 2021, volunteers wear protective equipment and prepare to bury the bodies of Covid-19 coronavirus victims in a cemetery in Chennai, India.
- It is estimated that 1.5 million of the 12.8 million people in Mumbai are under the age of 18, and none of them have been vaccinated.
- At least half of them have been exposed to Covid-19 and have antibodies.
- India reported 46,148 coronavirus cases on Monday.
A senior official said on Monday that at least half of young people under the age of 18 in Mumbai have been exposed to Covid-19 and developed antibodies, which brings some hope for the level of protection in this age group.
The data comes from a government survey conducted in India’s financial capital from April to mid-June, when the country was in the midst of a devastating second wave of diseases that caused thousands of deaths.
Some experts have warned that a potential third wave may attack children, and Mumbai has worked with other cities to build large pediatric wards in preparation.
“This is good news because it shows that at least half of the population under the age of 18 are protected by Covid-19, but we will ensure that we do not relax our vigilance,” said Suresh Kakani, the municipal commissioner of Mumbai who oversaw the investigation. Suresh Kakani), said.
He said that an estimated 1.5 million of Mumbai’s 12.8 million people are under the age of 18, and since India has not yet approved any children to be vaccinated, none of them have been vaccinated.
He added that Mumbai will repeat the investigation every three months.
In the past three weeks, the number of daily cases nationwide has been declining.
However, several states that have been criticized for handling the second wave of infections have been sharing their plans for how to deal with the third surge in infections.
Data from the Indian Ministry of Health show that on Monday, India reported 46,148 new Covid-19 infections and 979 related deaths in the past 24 hours.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has reported a total of 30.27 million cases and 396,730 related deaths.