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United States: Over 97,000 children tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks of July

Over 97,000 children in the United States tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks of July alone.

The report was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

It stated that there was a 40 percent increase in child cases across states and cities that were studied.




The compiled data comes during back-to-school season as health officials are trying to understand the effects of the virus on children and the role young people play in its spread. Some schools have begun welcoming crowds back to class and others have had to readjust their reopening plans in response to infections.

Meanwhile, President Trump has said the virus doesn’t pose a large risk to children, but one recent study suggests older children can transmit the virus just as much as adults.

Another study claimed children younger than 5 carry a higher viral load than adults, raising even more questions about their role in transmission.



At least 86 children have died since May. Overall 338,982 children have been affected by coronavirus until July 2020.