It reports on the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 among children and adolescents aged ≤18 years, South Africa, 1 March – 13 February 2020.

Key highlights

  • As of 13 February 2021, individuals aged ≤19 years made up 9.2% of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3.8% of all COVID-19-associated admissions.
  • The weekly incidence of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases aged ≤19 years peaked in week 1 of 2021 and has been declining in all provinces, mirroring trends among adults aged >19 years. The decrease in weekly incidence was observed in all age groups.
  • The cumulative rate of admission was highest in individuals aged <1 year at 1423.4 per 1 million population, followed by individuals aged 15-19 years at 600.1 per 1 million population.
  • Among individuals aged ≤19 years, cases in the second wave compared with the first wave, were more likely to be in an older age groups (age 1-19) compared to <1 year, be male, be diagnosed in a public sector laboratory and be in the KwaZulu-Natal or Western Cape Province. Among hospitalised individuals, the second wave was not independently associated with an increased likelihood of admission to a public hospital, into ICU or with dying in hospital.  

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