Health Ministry: 1,787 minors hospitalized with COVID since start of pandemic

The Health Ministry has issued new data on COVID-19 morbidity in children. It shows that 1,787 Israelis up to age 18 have been hospitalized with the disease since the start of the pandemic, with 100 suffering serious illness and nine dying.

A majority of the cases, 1,021, were between the age of 0 and 4.

Currently there are seven children hospitalized in serious condition, three of them on ventilators.

Israeli children wearing face masks attend class at the Beit Hakerem school in Jerusalem, November 24, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Though Israel is experiencing a surge of cases caused by the UK variant of the coronavirus, which is believed to spread more easily in children, the data does not so far show a change in the incidence of serious cases.

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