Up to 100 UK children a week hospitalised with rare post-Covid disease

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Exclusive: 75% of children worst affected by paediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome are BAME

Up to 100 children a week are being hospitalised with a rare disease that can emerge weeks after Covid-19, leaving them in intensive care, doctors have said.

In a phenomenon that is worrying paediatricians, 75% of the children worst affected by paediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome (PIMS) were black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME). Almost four out of five children were previously healthy, according to an unpublished snapshot of cases.

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