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Covid cases among children surge in US as children go back to school

As millions of children are heading back to schools across the United States, thousands of them are testing positive for Covid-19. More than 250,000 children had fresh cases of Covid-19 in the last week of August, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a report published on Wednesday. This is the highest weekly rate of new paediatric cases since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that children’s hospitals are straining under the surge in fresh Covid-19 cases. About 2,500 children were hospitalised with Covid-19 in the week up to September 6. The CDC report also implied that over 55,000 youngsters have been hospitalised with Covid-19 through August 2020, who had no prior medical history. Though the deaths related to the infections are still not rampant, yet, approximately 520 children had died due to Covid-19 as of Wednesday.

The CDC released a report on September 3 that showed a five-fold increase in child hospitalisation rates because of the Delta variant. In the same June-August time period, hospitalisations were 10 times higher for children under the age of four and for those between the ages of 12 to 17.

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