There were nearly 74,000 new cases of Covid-19 among children in the US in the week ending November 5 -- the highest weekly increase since the pandemic began, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Children account for more than 11% of all coronavirus cases in the US. There has been a 17% increase in Covid-19 cases among children over the past two weeks.
The AAP said 73,883 new cases among children 17 and under were reported from October 29 to November 5, with about 927,518 children infected in the US in total. More than 10 million people have been infected in the US.
Severe illness and deaths from Covid-19 are still rare among children.
As of November 5, children represented between 1% and 3.4% of total hospitalizations, depending on the state. Between 0.6% and 6.4% of all child cases resulted in hospitalization and in states that reported the information, up to 0.13% of children with Covid-19 died. Sixteen states reported no child deaths.
The count is not complete, because not all states report data in the same way. These numbers come from 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. A smaller subset of states report information about hospitalizations and deaths by age.
The AAP said there was an "urgent need" to collect more data on the longer-term impact of Covid-19 on children, including the ways in which the virus may hurt children physically and emotionally over time.