‘Gear up for rise in Covid cases among children’

MUMBAI: A day after state’s Covid task force member Dr T P Lahane said that the healthcare machinery should be prepared for a pediatric Covid-19 surge, state minister Aaditya Thackeray asked the BMC to set up a dedicated paediatric Covid care ward to tackle the third wave of coronavirus.
“As we prepare for 3rd wave capacity building in Maharashtra, I met additional municipal commissioner to discuss the measures we’ve undertaken in Mumbai. I have suggested to him that we create a paediatric Covid care ward, anticipating the next wave and the demographic it may target…,” Aaditya tweeted. “…We are now focussed on creating almost 6500 O2 beds and approximately 1500 more ICU/ HDU beds in the coming few days at the new jumbos coming up,” Aaditya tweeted.
Lahane had earlier told TOI that initially the maximum of Covid patients were above 50 years old, and in the second wave, over 20 years old. “Now it appears even younger people may be infected,” he said.


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