More than 10 million children in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to the latest report of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association.

Iran PressAmerica: COVID-19 cases among children have spiked dramatically across the United States during the Omicron variant surge.

A total of 10,603,034 child COVID-19 cases had been reported across the country as of Jan 20, and children represented 18.4 percent of all confirmed cases, said the report published late Monday.

Over 1.1 million child COVID-19 cases were reported in the past week, nearly five times the rate of the peak of last winter’s surge, according to the AAP.

This number was a 17 percent increase over the 981,000 added cases reported the week before and a doubling of case counts from the two weeks prior.

Over 2 million child COVID-19 cases have been added in the past two weeks.

This marks the 24th week in a row child COVID-19 cases in the US are above 100,000. Since the first week of September, there have been over 5.6 million additional child cases, added the report.

Children accounted for 1.7 percent to 4.4 percent of total reported hospitalizations and 0 to 0.26 percent of all COVID-19 deaths.

Only 20.3 percent of children aged five to 11 and 55.4 percent of children aged between 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated as of Tuesday, in the country. 

The US continues to lead the world in infections and deaths.

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