US reported over 3.5mn child Covid cases in January

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Nearly two million of these cases have been added in the past two weeks…reports Asian Lite News

Over 3.5 million child Covid-19 cases were reported in the US in January, marking “a dramatic spike” during the Omicron variant surge, according to a new report.

The report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association released on Monday said that more than 11.4 million children in the country have tested positive for Covid-19 since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, Xinhua news agency reported.

Nearly two million of these cases have been added in the past two weeks.

For the week ending January 27, over 808,000 additional child Covid-19 cases were reported in the country, said the AAP, adding child cases this week remained “extremely high”, triple the peak level of the Delta surge in 2021.

This marked the 25th week in a row child Covid-19 cases in the US were above 100,000.

Since the first week of September 2021, there have been almost 6.4 million additional child cases, according to the AAP.

Meanwhile, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 377.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.67 million and vaccinations to over 9.97 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and the death toll stood at 377,891,211 and 5,672,065, respectively, while the total number of vaccine doses administered has increased to 9,979,718,255.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 74,938,767 and 886,668, according to the CSSE.

The second worst hit country in terms of cases is India (41,302,440 infections and 495,050 deaths), followed by Brazil (25,360,647 infections and 627,150 deaths).

The other countries with over 5 million cases are France (19,266,496), the UK (16,582,263), Russia (11,547,333), Turkey (11,526,621), Italy (10,925,485), Spain (9,779,130), Germany (9,776,648), Argentina (8,335,184), Iran (6,344,179) and Colombia (5,871,977), the CSSE figures showed.

The nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are Russia (323,452), Mexico (305,762), Peru (205,347), the UK (156,222), Italy (146,149), Indonesia (144,303), Colombia (134,079), Iran (132,424), France (131,937), Argentina (120,988)), Germany (117,734), Ukraine (106,793) and Poland (105,161).

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