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Queensland hasn’t seen a spike in coronavirus cases among school-aged children since students went back to the classrooms a week ago.
In fact, the number infections among children is continuing to fall in the state. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the initial signs were encouraging.
“Our modelling is showing we’re still seeing a decline in the number of positive cases across children.
“I know it’s still early, cross fingers, but we’re not seeing a big surge at this stage as far as school going back.”
Queensland Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said there were 527 cases reported in children aged 5-11 over the past 24 hours, and 436 in the 12-17 age group.
Cases of COVID-19 in children were down on the numbers the state was seeing three weeks ago, Dr Gerrard said.
“We had very significant numbers of cases in children three weeks ago which have been coming down,” he said, adding the degree of immunity in school aged children was still not clear.
Dr Gerrard said he would be watching the situation in schools very carefully.
“Exactly what is going to happen over the next week or two among children in school is in play but we’ll learn in the next few days.”