A total of 1,078 or 18% of the 5,921 Covid-19 patients with active case status as of Wednesday in Kelantan were children aged 12 years and below.
State housing, local government and health committee chairman Dr Izani Husin said the majority of the cases involved children in the Kota Bharu district, with 517 cases, followed by Pasir Mas (132) and Tumpat (120).
“An analysis by the Kelantan state health department found that 95% of these children were close contacts to previous Covid-19 positive patients from both clusters and non-clusters,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
Izani said the spread of Covid-19 among children was concerning as the percentage was high.
“The public is reminded to comply with the SOPs and not bring children to public areas. We also advise that parents returning home after going out should clean themselves up before touching or interacting with their children,” he said.
On May 25, Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Covid-19 infections among children and babies had raised concern as they were the category with the highest risk of infection after the elderly.
Izani on his Facebook page advised Kelantanese to comply with every SOP, saying: “Wear a mask when you go out, when you come back home, wash your hands.”
He also said that Kelantan recorded 754 new cases yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the state to 24,723 with four new clusters recorded as well.
“The infectivity rate (Rt) in Kelantan rose to 1.10 while the national Rt rose to 1.17. Covid-19 is in the community. Do not go to crowded areas. Continue complying with the SOPs for our own good,” he said.