The second wave of Covid is hitting younger people and children, unlike the first round when the elderly, and those with co-morbidities were seen at most risk.
Data from the Union health ministry shows that close to 80,000 children have been infected in the five states affected worst by the virus since March 1.
In Maharashtra, 60,684 children have been infected with Covid between March 1 and April 4. Of these, close to 10,000 are under the age of five years. Health ministry figures show Delhi logged 2,733 infections among children, 441 of them below the age of five years.
Currently there is no vaccine for children. A testing of AstraZeneca vaccine of children in the UK has been suspended over reports of the vaccine being linked to blood clotting.