Top doctor expects spike in COVID-19 cases at school

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Queensland today reported 7,311 new COVID-19[female[feminine cases and four deaths amid warnings, school student infections will rise in the coming weeks.

There are currently 496 people hospitalized with coronavirus statewide, including 45 requiring intensive care.

Queensland recorded 3,660 infections and 13 deaths yesterday.

Queenslanders have been warned to expect an increase in school child cases over the coming weeks. (Getty)

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said officials were monitoring cases in children after last week’s return to classroom learning for pupils.

“We average about 1,000 to 1,500 children officially diagnosed with COVID per day across the state — almost all of whom have very mild illness,” Dr. Gerrard said.

“Of these children, about half are of primary school age between five and 11 years old and the other half are of secondary school age between 12 and 17 years old.”

Dr Gerrard says he expects the number of transmissions among children to increase in the coming weeks.

Queensland Chief Health Officer John Gerrard says he is looking “very closely” at infections in children. (New)

“There is still no clear trend in children but it is still very early.

“It would be a very big surprise if we don’t see a number of new cases in children over the next two weeks, but so far it’s not a significant increase.”

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said she wanted to thank the parents who ensured their children received the first COVID-19 vaccine.

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