Covid-linked illness infects 110 kids in NY, probe begins

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The authorities in the upscale New York City, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in the US, are investigating 110 Covid-19 cases related to a rare inflammatory illness in children that has claimed three lives, the city’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has said, describing the situation as “serious”The severe illness in children and child deaths is linked to the serious inflammatory disease called ‘Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with Covid-19’. So far, two boys aged five and seven years and an 18-year-old girl have died due to the illness.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his daily coronavirus briefing the New York State Department of Health was now looking at 110 cases of a Covid-19 related illness in children, similar to the Kawasaki disease or toxic shock-like syndrome, describing the situation as “serious and concerning”. He said the New York State and Department of Health were at the forefront in the US in investigating the illness. Apart from New York, 16 other states are also seeing similar cases. Cuomo said parents should immediately seek medical help if the child has a prolonged fever (more than five days), difficulty in feeding (in infants) or is too sick to drink fluids, has abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting, change in skin colour, trouble in breathing, lethargy, irritability or confusion. Worldwide, there have been more than 4.4 million coronavirus infections reported and 3,00,000 deaths, while nearly 1.6 million have recovered from coronavirus. New York: Five regions in New York State began a phased reopening when the shutdown orders ended on Friday, allowing construction, manufacturing and curbside retail businesses to start operations after remaining closed for nearly two months, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. New York State, the epicenter of the pandemic in the US, has 3,43,051 confirmed virus cases. The ‘New York Pause’ was in effect till Friday under which all non-essential workers were required to work from home and all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation. Governor Cuomo said on Thursday that Central New York, the North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan.

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