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Toddlers Make Up 10% of Hospital Cases in Omicron Epicenter

  • More children under 2 admitted in South African region
  • Young children are unvaccinated, have immature immune system
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Children under the age of 2 account for about 10% of total hospital admissions in the omicron epicenter Tshwane in South Africa, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

More kids are being admitted than during the early stages of the country entering the current fourth wave of infections, although a similar trend occurred during the third wave when delta was dominant, said Waasila Jassat, public health specialist at the institute.