According to the Ministry of Health, a 4-year-old girl infected with Covid-19 died.
This is the second death here caused by the coronavirus in patients under the age of 12.
In response to media queries on Tuesday (July 19th), MOH said the child died of pneumonia on Sunday and she had no previous medical history and was previously fine.
“She developed symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection and fever on July 15, and was Covid-19 positive via a rapid antigen test (ART) at a general practitioner’s clinic on Sunday,” MOH said.
She was prescribed medicine for her symptoms, but she was ill and collapsed late that night, the ministry added.
MOH said the cause of death was later determined by state coroners to be Covid-19 pneumonia.
On June 27, a one-and-a-half-year-old boy died of encephalitis (or brain inflammation) caused by Covid-19 and two other viruses, MOH said.
The two viruses were respiratory syncytial virus and enterovirus.
He added that the boy had no other medical history and was fine before.
“Children are generally more resilient to Covid-19 infections than adults and the elderly. Nevertheless, Covid-19 infections can cause serious illness in children,” the ministry said. Said on Tuesday.
The MOH, Health Sciences Authority, and the Covid-19 Vaccination Expert Committee have added that they are studying the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine prescribed for infants under the age of five.
This was after the US Food and Drug Administration expanded its approval for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines earlier this year to include six-month-old children.
The Moderna vaccine is suitable for children 6 months to 5 years old, and the Pfizer vaccine is suitable for children 6 months to 4 years old.