A total of 16 children below 10 years old in Western Visayas died of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, since the start of the pandemic last year.
According to Dr. Daphynie Teorima, medical officer III and spokesperson of the Department of Health Region 6 (DOH-6), the number comprised .7 percent of the total 2,330 cumulative deaths in the region.
The COVID-19 death cases among children include five infants aging less than one year old or approximately .2 percent of the total deaths, Teorima said.
Meanwhile, 64.78 percent of the total deaths in the region are senior citizens.
“Ang mga seniors man gihapon ang pinaka-at risk for COVID severity and deaths that’s why sila ang aton priority after sa mga health workers when it comes sa vaccination,” said Teorima.
Meanwhile, of the 10,973 active cases in the region as of August 20, majority of the infected population belong to age group 21 to 30 years old.
Teorima said of the total cumulative active cases of COVID-19 in Western Visayas, at least 2,196 are 21 to 30 years old.
Senior citizens over 60 years old came in second with 2,058 or around 20 percent of the active cases in the region; 51-60 years old with 1,405; and 31 to 40 years old with 1,393
Six percent or 628 of the total active cases are children less than 10 years old including infants (.65 percent of the total active cases). (Glenda Tayona)/WDJ