By Reza A Hamid

MELAKA – Covid-19 infection among children in Melaka is still high when it recorded 11,755 cases or 13.9%, exceeding the national level of 9.9%.

Health and Anti-Drug Exco of Melaka, Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh said that the cumulative amount was recorded as of yesterday with the education cluster becoming the second highest contributor after the community and workplace cluster.

According to him, the education cluster peaked after the schools reopened besides several other isolated cases in a few schools that were not classified as cluster.

“This percentage is higher than the number of children infected in Malaysia that is 9.9%. In Melaka, we hit 13.9% or 11,755 cases.

“This followed after the schools reopened and there were education clusters and other isolated cases in several schools that were not classified as cluster,” he said during a news conference after visiting the Dato Haji Ahmad Ithnin Hall Vaccination Centre (PPV) at Merlimau today.

Commenting further, Dr Muhamad Akmal said that from the 11,755 people infected, the highest contributors were among children between three to 12 years-old with 7,738 cases.

“There were 3,297 cases among children from one to three-years-old, babies below the age of one month (73 cases), babies aged between one-month-old to one year-old (647 cases).

“Melaka also recorded four deaths involving children below the age of 12,” he said.

However, he, who is also the Merlimau State Assemblyman said that the hospital and the intensive care unit (ICU) admission rate was still low.

“Thus, our hospitals have no problem shortage of staff or specialists to provide treatment to those children. Most of them were under category one and two,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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