COVID ward at Red Cross Children’s Hospital has seven patients

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Seven children are in a dedicated COVID-19 ward at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, with more possibles awaiting test results, reports News24.

It says this was announced by the hospital’s head of paediatric emergency care, Dr Heloise Buys. And the hospital also confirmed that two of the minors who have died of the virus so far since the pandemic hit the country, were also patients at Red Cross.

The COVID-19 unit treats children who are 13-years-old and younger, she explained. They also treat some older teens when required. “Sadly, we have lost two children, who had very complicated underlying medical conditions. One was a 15-year-old, and one was a one-year-old,” the doctor reported.

“The ward has seven positive children, at the moment. But there are also children who are under investigation. They have been swabbed, but we are awaiting their results. So there may be more coming up (for admission). We’ve seen children under the age of a month, who have been positive.”

A total of 37 positive tests have been recorded at the hospital since the start of the pandemic, it has been reported.

 

Full News24 report

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