US: At least 97,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 in last 2 weeks of July

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Published: August 12,2020 08:51 PM
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August 12, 2020: At least 97,000 US children have tested positive for the coronavirus during the last two weeks of July, according to a new review of state-level data by the American Academy

August 12, 2020: At least 97,000 US children have tested positive for the coronavirus during the last two weeks of July, according to a new review of state-level data by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Association.





The increase represents a 40% surge in the nation's cumulative total of child cases, sources said.



The report comes as schools across the country grapple with when and how to reopen safely — with those decisions becoming increasingly politicized.



Report say, President Trump has attempted to pressure the nation's K-12 schools to reopen, threatening to withhold federal funds and falsely claiming in an interview last week on Fox & Friends that "children are almost, I would almost say definitely, but almost immune from this disease."





This new report reiterates that children are not, in fact, immune to this disease.



As per sources, since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 340,000 children have tested positive for the coronavirus, representing roughly 9% of U.S. cases to date.



 The rise in child cases, according to the report, was largely fuelled by states in the South and West, including Missouri, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Montana and Alaska.