MONTHLY COVID-19 IN CHILDREN
This report is made up of epidemiology and clinical characteristics of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 among children and adolescents aged ≤19 years, South Africa, 1 March – 28 November 2020.
- The age group included in this report has been changed from children and adolescents ≤18 years to those aged ≤19 years to allow standardisation with other reports.
- As of 21 November 2020, children and adolescents ≤19 years made up 9.0% of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4.0% of all COVID-19-associated admissions at sentinel hospitals.
- The weekly incidence of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases aged ≤19 years increased in Eastern Cape and Western Cape from week 43 and 44 respectively, mirroring trends among adults aged >19 years.
- There were 4042 reported COVID-19-associated admissions among individuals aged ≤19 years; of these, 2911 (72.0%) had data on underlying conditions and of these 510 (17.5%) had ≥1 underlying conditions. Data on in-hospital outcomes were available for 3701 (91.6%) individuals, among whom there were 100 in-hospital deaths giving an in-hospital case fatality risk of 2.7% (100/3701).