This week, compared to the previous week, the incidence of influenza and SARS increased by 66.4%, informs Petersburg department of Rospotrebnadzor. More than half of the cases occur in children – 55%.

On the health committee note increase in hospitalizations of children with SARS. Now in St. Petersburg about 200 children are hospitalized per day.

By words Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Irina Potekhina, the number of schoolchildren who fell ill with influenza and SARS in the city exceeded 70 thousand people. More than 70% of sick children are schoolchildren aged 7 to 10 years.

On December 16, an additional department with 48 beds was opened at the Botkin Infectious Diseases Hospital for children with acute respiratory viral infections and influenza. Total, by data Smolny, 900 beds have been deployed in St. Petersburg for the treatment of children from acute respiratory viral infections and influenza, three hospitals have been redesigned.

At the Filatov Children’s Clinical Hospital recommend parents should be especially attentive to such symptoms as a change in consciousness and a temperature of 39.5 degrees, which cannot be brought down by antipyretics. With these symptoms, you should immediately call an ambulance.

The program of the second quarter for schoolchildren from grades 1 to 4 finish ahead of schedule: until December 20. Parents may choose to pick up their children for early vacation after this date.

Schoolchildren from grades 5 to 11 will study as usual, but if more than 20% of children in the class are sick, the class will be transferred to a remote learning format for at least a week.

Christmas trees are not canceled yet, but the head of the regional department of Rospotrebnadzor Natalia Bashketova admittedthat the authorities will take this measure if the situation continues to deteriorate.

The day before, the Komzdrav reported that an epidemic of influenza and SARS was beginning in St. Petersburg. According to the committee, more than 90% of the sick are infected with swine flu, 3-4% – with other subtypes of this virus. At the same time, the incidence of COVID-19 is growing, and the Ministry of Health reported the spread of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Russia.

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