At Mankhurd Children’s home in Mumbai, India, eighteen children tested positive for COVID-19. The children’s home is located in an eastern suburb in the capital of the Indian state Maharashtra.
102 of the residents were given a special screening for COVID-19 after two of the children started experiencing body aches and high fevers. According to a medical officer of the M East Ward, one child tested positive on August 25th, the next on August 26th, followed by fifteen more in the coming days. The children are being monitored in the Videocon Athiti COVID-19 center. All of the affected children were below the age of eighteen, with most of the group being sixteen to seventeen years old.
This COVID-19 outbreak is the second one in the past couple of months, affecting children under eighteen. On August 27th, twenty-two young kids and teenagers tested positive for the virus at St. Joseph Orphanage and School in Agripada. In July of 2020, twenty-nine people tested positive at Mankhurd Mentally Deficient Children’s home. The Mankhurd campus houses three different institutions where it is reported that the staff, including teachers and caretakers, stay throughout the semester.
The state of Maharashtra recently reported 4,666 new COVID-19 cases. That brings the area’s total number of cases to 64,56,939, with its active case number reaching 52,844. Recent deaths of 131 COVID-19 patients raised the death toll to 137,157.
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