A total of 64 children are hospitalized in New York State with a mysterious illness that doctors are trying to diagnose and which may be related to COVID-19, official sources confirmed Wednesday.

In a notice issued by authorities to medical personnel and institutions, representatives of the state Department of Health said that most of the children, who were believed to have “pediatric multiple inflammatory syndrome,” had later tested positive for coronavirus or antibody tests.

“As of May 5, 64 pediatric clinical cases consistent with MIS have been reported in children’s hospitals in New York State, including New York City,” the document said.

The new figures come two days after the city’s Department of Health reported that 15 children had been admitted with these symptoms and that many of them had become infected with the virus.

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