As many as 40,120 new coronavirus cases were registered in the 24-hour period, taking the cumulative infections to 3,21,17,826. With 585 new deaths, the death toll due to COVID-19 mounted to 4,30,254.

As many as 543 children and teenagers in 0-19 years of the age group tested positive for COVID-19 from August 1 to August 11, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) informed on Friday. However, no deaths were reported in this age group during this period.

Most children were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, the BBMP said. This came as the classes for students of standard 9 to 12 will begin from August 23 in two phases.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that the state government will organise pediatric health camps to check the nutritious strength of children.

“Experts warn children will be affected in the third wave, as they were in the non-vaccinated group. We have already started the ‘Vathsalya’ scheme in Udupi and Haveri districts for monitoring children. We will organise pediatric health camps to check their nutritious strength,” he said.

“We will do the necessary treatment for lack of nutrition and undergrowth. We had also given training for all concerned officers on it. We will try to protect children from this virus. We instructed all district hospitals to arrange pediatric ICU,” he added.

As per experts’ suggestions, the state government had decided to open schools. Now the Chief Minister has called an emergency meeting with them soon after his return from his official tour to Dakshina Kannada.