Mystery child illness

A mystery illness affecting children with Covid-19 has appeared in Europe and the US.

Children are unlikely to become very ill with coronavirus — but some do.

One Italian hospital has 20 cases, and 12 children are in intensive care in the UK.

In the United States, New York officials are investigating 15 cases in children who have — or have already recovered from — Covid-19. Symptoms include diarrhoea, heart problems and life-threatening “toxic shock”. 

Britain’s health service has warned all children’s hospitals to look out for the rare, unexplained illness. “We are following it very closely,” New York’s Dr Howard Zucker told The New York Times.