1300 babies die of Covid-19 in Brazil

More than a year into the pandemic, deaths in Brazil are now at their peak. But despite the overwhelming evidence that Covid-19 rarely kills young children, in Brazil 1,300 babies have died from the virus.

One doctor refused to test one woman’s one-year-old son for Covid, saying his symptoms did not fit the profile of the virus.

Two months later he died of complications from the disease.

There is a misconception that children are at zero risk for Covid, says Dr Fatima Marinho, who is also a senior adviser to the international health NGO Vital Strategies.

Marinho’s research has found that a shockingly high number of children and babies have been affected by the virus.