Number of Scottish children hospitalized with Covid peaks – .

Number of Scottish children hospitalized with Covid peaks – .

The number of children hospitalized with Covid is at an all-time high, new figures show.
This has sparked accusations that Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has diverted his attention from how the health crisis is affecting young people.

Over the past two weeks, the average number of hospital admissions for those under 18 has increased due to the spread of the Delta variant.

According to the latest data, over the past week, 25 children aged zero to four have been admitted to hospitals after testing positive for the virus.

There were 15 children in the 5 to 14 age group who were sent to hospital, while 11 in the 15 to 19 age group required medical attention.

In the first three weeks of May, there was less than one admission per week of children aged two to four, while by the end of June it had risen to a weekly average of 4.7 .

Labor MP Jackie Baillie says Yousaf looked away from the ball

The number of hospitals receiving children aged 5 to 11 has increased to its highest average level.

Young people aged 12 to 17 have now matched their previous admission average, which was set in January of this year.

Jackie Baillie, Labor spokesperson for Health, said: “These are incredibly disturbing trends that show the health and well-being of young people in Scotland is at stake.

“Covid-19 may not affect children as badly, but young people with underlying health conditions will be at increased risk if the levels of cases are high.

“The SNP has lost control of the pandemic and the eye of the Secretary of Health is not there. “

In the past seven days, 5,711 children between 0 and 19 have tested positive for Covid. This compares to 3,569 people who contracted the virus in the 20-24 age group.

Those between the ages of 25 and 44 saw the largest increase in the number of cases, with 7,690 positive test returns.

In order to stem the spread of the new variant, the vaccination program has been intensified, with the opening of drop-in centers in
all local authorities.

But Baillie added: “We need the vaccination program to be dramatically accelerated, with a time between the first and second dose reduced to four weeks to slow the transmission of the virus. I urge the government to act now.

The Scottish Government said: ‘We have one of the fastest vaccination programs in the world and are vaccinating people as fast as stocks allow.

“The advice from the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) on the gap between the first and second dose makes it clear that eight weeks is optimal – and that reducing that time to below eight weeks would compromise the effectiveness of the vaccine. and the duration of this effect.

“The JCVI is reviewing vaccinations for those under 18. “

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