In West Bengal, a large number of babies and children are being admitted in various hospitals with fever, flu like symptoms and respiratory distress. Already three children have lost their lives in Jalpaiguri within the past 48 hours. At least 92 children are admitted in the district hospital while nearly another hundred are under treatment in North Bengal Medical College & Hospital at Siliguri.
Same situation has been reported from other districts like North and South Dinajpur, Murshidabad and West Bardhaman. Tests for Covid, Dengue, Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis have already been done. Samples collected from affected children have been sent to Kolkata for further tests.
Meanwhile, the state health department has formed a specialist panel of doctors including pediatricians and virologists to assess the situation.