Pediatric hospitalizations soar amid surging coronavirus spread in New York

2021-12-28 10:09:27Xinhua Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download
Special: Battle Against Novel Coronavirus

New York State authorities have warned of a "disturbing rise" in pediatric hospitalizations, particularly of unvaccinated children, amid Omicron-induced spiraling coronavirus cases in the state, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

New York City and the surrounding area, where the highly contagious Omicron variant is spreading rapidly, have seen a fourfold increase in hospital admissions for children as of the week starting from Dec. 5, the U.S. news agency quoted a health advisory as saying.

"We are alerting New Yorkers to this recent striking increase in pediatric COVID-19 admissions so that pediatricians, parents and guardians can take urgent action to protect our youngest New Yorkers. We must use all available safe and effective infection control, prevention and mitigation strategies," acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in a release on Friday. 


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