Egyptian babies born in 2017 had teeth that were almost as crooked as those of their parents, an Egyptian health official said on Tuesday.
The official, who asked not to be named, told AFP news agency that children born in the year since the coronavirus epidemic hit Egypt had teeth with “almost no surface contact” between teeth, leaving them prone to cracking, as well as cavities.
“This is an indication of how bad the disease is spreading, with children born after January 1 being at higher risk,” the official said.
More than 100,000 people have died in the worst outbreak in modern Egyptian history.
In a sign of the severity of the epidemic, a number of children have died of bacterial pneumonia in hospitals, with some patients in critical condition.
The official also said there had been a spike in the number of people who were admitted to hospitals with infections, as health authorities were unable to treat them quickly enough.
He said the number in the emergency room was now more than 20,000, up from fewer than 5,000 in early January.
While there was a significant rise in deaths, there was no clear sign of a rise in the overall numbers of infections, he said.