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Nearly 14.3m US children infected with COVID-19

A ten year old child high fives Pharmacist Colleen Teevan after he received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for kids at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut on Nov 2, 2021. (JOSEPH PREZIOSO / AFP)

LOS ANGELES / MEXICO CITY / ZAGREB – Nearly 14.3 million children in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children's Hospital Association.

Almost 371,000 of these cases have been added in the past four weeks

Almost 371,000 of these cases have been added in the past four weeks. Approximately 6.4 million reported cases have been added in 2022, according to the report.

For the week ending Aug. 11, almost 87,000 child COVID-19 cases were reported.

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There is an urgent need to collect more age-specific data to assess the severity of illness related to new variants as well as potential longer-term effects, said the AAP.

"It is important to recognize there are immediate effects of the pandemic on children's health, but importantly we need to identify and address the long-lasting impacts on the physical, mental, and social well-being of this generation of children and youth," said the AAP.  

In this file photo taken on Oct 22, 2021,
medical staff vaccinate citizens against COVID-19 at the vaccination point at the Zagreb Fair in Zagreb, Croatia. (DENIS LOVROVIC / AFP)

Croatia

Over 430 people have died of COVID-19 in Croatia in the last six weeks, up from 74 in the same period last year, the country's Morning Paper reported on Tuesday.

This means that with 438 deaths between the beginning of July and August 15, the death rate from COVID-19 was 5.9 times higher than in the same period last year.

The newspaper also reported that there are currently 621 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Croatia, of which 25 are on ventilators. On the same day last year, 198 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, of which 21 were on ventilators.

Moreover, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Croatia stood at 8,340 on Monday, whereas this figure was 1,903 on the same day last year, the report said.

For the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, there is now a summer wave, caused by the highly infectious Omicron variant BA.5, the Morning Paper said.

Nurses wait for people to come to get AstraZeneca or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico on April 6, 2022. (ULISES RUIZ / AFP)

Mexico

Mexico has registered a five-week decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo Lopez-Gatell said Tuesday.

Cases are expected to continue dropping until they reach "minimum levels," said Lopez-Gatell.

The pandemic is active unevenly around the world and could eventually become cyclical, emerging in winter and subsiding in summer, depending on each country, according to the official.

"We could begin to see this pattern in Mexico as well," he told reporters at the National Palace in Mexico City.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 hospital bed occupancy is at 8 percent in general, and at 3 percent for beds requiring ventilators.

COVID-19 fatalities over seven days declined to an average of three from 83 in the first weeks of July, according to official data.

As of Monday, Mexico had logged 6,929,003 COVID-19 cases and 328,736 deaths from the disease.