Nearly 1 in 5 new infections detected in children and teenagers

Nearly 1 in 5 new infections detected in children and teenagers
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Almost one in five new Covid-19 infections are currently detected in children and teenagers in Belgium, health officials stated during a press conference on Tuesday.

Over the past week, the biggest increase in the number of infections was seen in children (+84%) and teenagers (+18%), according to virologist and interfederal Covid-19 spokesperson Steven Van Gucht.

"In total, almost one in five new infections is now detected in children and teenagers," Van Gucht said. "Undoubtedly, this is partly due to the extensive testing campaigns currently being carried out in outbreaks in various schools."

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Maïthé Chini

The Brussels Times

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