A specialist at Kidz First Children’s Hospital in Middlemore Hospital has expressed concern regarding the sudden increase of severe respiratory virus cases among children as winter sets in, NZ Herald reports. According to Dr Adrian Trenholme, hundreds of infants were admitted to hospital each year prior with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), until 2020 saw a significant decrease due to Covid-19 precautions. This year the numbers of RSV cases have begun to rise again. He urges people to continue to practice frequent hand washing, and coughing and sneezing into elbows.