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Coronavirus cases rising among US children as schools reopen; NFL has first outbreak
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Coronavirus cases rising among US children as schools reopen; NFL has first outbreak

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After preying heavily on the elderly in the spring, the coronavirus is increasingly infecting American children and teens in a trend authorities say appears fueled by school reopenings and the resumption of sports, playdates and other activities.

Children of all ages now make up 10% of all U.S cases, up from 2% in April, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported Tuesday. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the incidence of COVID-19 in school-age children began rising in early September as many youngsters returned to their classrooms.

About two times more teens were infected than younger children, the CDC report said. Most infected children have mild cases; hospitalizations and death rates are much lower than in adults.

Dr. Sally Goza, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said the rising numbers are a big concern and underscore the importance of masks, hand-washing, social distancing and other precautions.

"While children generally don’t get as sick with the coronavirus as adults, they are not immune and there is much to learn about how easily they can transmit it to others," she said in a statement.

In other developments:

  • Now, 8 1/2 months after an infection doctors had never seen before claimed its first victims in China, the pandemic's confirmed death toll has eclipsed 1 million, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.
  • For this year's presidential debate, crowds and pageantry are out, and COVID-19 tests and masks are in.
  • The Tennessee Titans have suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five other personnel tested positive for the coronavirus. The Minnesota Vikings, who played Tennessee on Sunday, haven't had any positive tests but have suspended activities through at least Wednesday.
  • New York City officials will start issuing fines in several Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods to people who refuse to wear masks and could order further crackdowns including the closing of nonessential businesses.
  • The University of Notre Dame’s president has apologized for not wearing a mask at a White House event after pictures surfaced online of him shaking hands and sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with people without one.
  • Casino giant MGM said it’s teaming with a firm that provided COVID-19 screenings for the NHL playoffs and a health care provider for high-volume events in an optional conference attendee safety plan at its U.S. hotels and casinos.
  • An Ethiopian runner had to pull out of the London Marathon after she and the coach of two other marathoners tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states have agreed on plans meant to keep the country’s coronavirus infection figures from accelerating to the levels being seen in other European countries, while keeping schools and businesses open if possible.

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