Last month, in the US, coronavirus cases jumped to 40% among children as the debate in the country ran over whether or not to reopen in-person class schools.
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Bloomberg, citing the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, reported that 86 children died from the disease in the U.S., which reached 0.06% of total deaths and 0.003% of total cases.
There have been over 5 million cases of coronavirus in the US, the highest in any country and more than 160,000 deaths. Health officials believe the current number is probably 10 times higher, or closer to 50 million, given the limitations of testing and the fact that about 40% of all those who are infected have no symptoms.
Georgia health officials confirmed last week that a 7-year-old boy without basic conditions has become the youngest person in the state to die from COVID-19.
The African-American boy became infected with the disease after attending a church in Savannah, where he was in contact with two elderly members who were also infected with the virus and died, the local NBC branch reported.
The debate on reopening schools has been a political one. Democrats, for the most part, have accused President Trump of negligence with his call to get kids back in the classroom, while Republicans say Democrats are arming schools in an election year.
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“We are 100 days away from the presidential election – the only goal the Democrats have is to defeat Donald Trump,” Senate Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in an interview last week. “And they have decided cynically [the] “The best way to defeat Donald Trump is to close every business in America, to close every school in America.”
Fox News’ David Aaro and the Associated Press contributed to this report