Queensland has not seen a spike in coronavirus cases among school-aged children since pupils returned to class a week ago.
In fact, the number of infections in children continues to decline in the state. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said early signs were encouraging.
“Our modeling shows that we are still seeing a decline in the number of positive cases in children.
“I know it’s still early days, fingers crossed, but we don’t see a big uptick at this point in terms of going back to school.”
Queensland Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said 527 cases had been reported in children aged 5-11 in the past 24 hours and 436 in the 12-17 age group.
COVID-19 cases in children were down from numbers the state saw three weeks ago, Dr. Gerrard said.
“Three weeks ago we had a very large number of cases in children that have come down,” he said, adding that the level of immunity in school-aged children was still not. light.
Dr Gerrard said he would be monitoring the situation in schools very carefully.
“Exactly what will happen over the next week or two among children at school is at stake, but we will learn in the coming days.”