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 ≤18 years in South Africa (1 March 2020 – 28 August 2021)
- As of 28 August 2021, individuals aged ≤19 years made up 14.2% of SARS-CoV-2 tests, 11.8% of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 4.7% of all COVID-19-associated admissions and 0.7% of COVID-19 associated in-hospital deaths.
- There have been 2.2 million tests among individuals aged ≤19 years with a 15.8% percentage testing positive, 184 187 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases aged ≤19 years, 17 184 reported COVID-19-associated admissions and 565 COVID-19-related deaths during the surveillance period.
- During the third wave, testing rate increased in all ages among individuals aged ≤19 years, with the 15-19 year age group peaking in weeks 26 and 33 of 2021. Between weeks 27 and 33 percentage testing positive among 10-14 years or 15-19 years surpassed that of individuals>19 years.
- In the third wave, the weekly incidence of laboratory-confirmed cases for individuals aged ≤19 years peaked in weeks 25 and 33 while schools were open, with rate of cases in the age group 15-19 years surpassing those in the adults in week 33.