AAP reports uptick in number of cases of COVID-19 among children

March 31, 2021
Lois Levine

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that children accounted for almost 20% of new cases of COVID-19 during the week ending March 25, with more than 64,000 new cases reported.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), as of March 25, over 3.4 million children have tested positve for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) since the beginning of the pandemic. Cases over the past 2 months in children had been declining, though, until the week ending March 25, when an uptick was reported—about 64,000 new child cases.

Meanwhile, Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has expressed concern for the growing number of overall cases: over the past week, there has been a rise of 60,000 to 70,000 cases per day.

"What we have seen before is that things really have a tendency to surge and to surge big," Walensky noted. For the health of our country, we must work together now to prevent a fourth surge."