At least 80% of positive children under 10 in Chottogram

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Newsnow Desk: Highly contagious delta variant of coronavirus, identified first in India, has been detected among all recent Covid-19 cases among children of Chittagong. Dhaka Tribune reports.

Researchers came up with the conclusion after genome sequencing of 12 samples of children admitted to the Chittagong Maa O Shishu Hospital (Chittagong Mother and Child Care Hospital) and Chittagong General Hospital in between June to July first week.

A team of researchers of these hospitals and Chittagong University conducted the study.

Chittagong General Hospital Covid unit chief Abdur Rab Masum, a member of the research team, said, “This research is still going on. The sequence data from the study were published in the “Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data,” a German-based international database of global viruses.”

On Saturday morning, they published the information on their website.

The study found that 80% of the affected children are below 10 years of age.

The Delta type has been identified among the lowest eight months old infants.

Although prior studies of the same team revealed Covid transmission is more among men, an exception was found in the case of children. The Chittagong researchers found 50% of the positive cases were boys while the other 50% were girls.

The study also revealed that 95% of the children had a fever and 80% had cold and cough, while only one child was completely asymptomatic.