Czech children are infected with Covid-19 at highest rate in EU

Jehna Kottori, 10, of Worcester, Mass., right, prepares to receive a shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at a mobile vaccination clinic, in Worcester. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
By Karolina Klaskova
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Of all the continents, Europe is now the hardest hit by the coronavirus. The highest number of newly confirmed cases per capita is reported by Slovakia, Czechia, and Belgium. But the Czech Republic leads in another unfortunate statistic related to the number of infected children.

According to data, the Czech Republic has detected almost 3,000 new positive tests per 100,000 individuals at children under the age of 15 in the last two weeks. The number is also high in Slovenia (2,810) and Austria (2,706).

The high frequency of testing detects many new cases in children. Czechia is currently the sixth country in the European Union which carries out the most Covid-19 tests. Czech children undergo coronavirus tests in schools on a regular basis.

Currently, Covid-19 is most widespread in countries with low vaccination rates. In the most affected country, Slovakia, 43 percent of the population has completed vaccination. In the Czech Republic, which is currently the second country with the highest number of new infections, the vaccination rate is almost 60 percent.

The Czech Republic currently vaccinates children aged 12 to 15. Vaccination registrations for children aged 5 to 11 are due to start in the country in mid-December. Children in this age group should receive one-third the amount of vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech compared to the dose recommended for adolescents and adults.

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