Thuringia: High incidence of corona in children and adolescents

In Thuringia, the coronavirus is currently detected mainly in children between the ages of five and 14 years. This emerges from an overview by the Thuringian Ministry of Health on Monday. Accordingly, throughout Thuringia in this age group, the number of detected new infections within seven days and calculated per 100,000 inhabitants was 290.6. For comparison: across all age groups, the Thuringia incidence on Monday was 96.1. There is currently no approved corona vaccine for children under the age of twelve.

The incidence in the 15 to 34 age group is also higher than the overall average. It was 126.8 on Monday. The incidence was lowest at 36.1 among 60 to 79 year olds.

Children are infected in private households

The latest weekly report from the State Office for Consumer Protection last Thursday shows that there has recently been a significant increase in incidences in all age groups. The increase has recently been particularly strong among children of school age between six and 17, especially since the second half of September. In Thuringia, school started again on September 6th after the summer vacation.

According to these data, the infections related to all age groups mainly took place in private households and in health facilities. However, this information is considered inaccurate because information on the infection environment was only given in 17 percent of the transmitted cases of infection.

Due to an increased occupancy of the intensive care beds with Covid-19 patients and high incidences in many districts, warning level one or two now applies in almost all of Thuringia. Only in Weimarer Land and in the Sonneberg district was the Corona early warning light still on green on Monday. Warning level two applies in the districts of Schmalkalden-Meiningen and in the district of Saalfeld-Rudolstadt.

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