In the second wave of Covid-19, the number of older children infected with coronavirus rose “significantly” according to government scientists.
Students bringing the deadly virus back to their homes have helped increase the rate of infection. reports the mirror.
A review by the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE) on Nov. 4, released on Friday, reported the results.
Secondary school students played a greater role in introducing infections into households as the prevalence of infections in children ages 12-16 increased between September and October.
However, according to the report, the difference is less pronounced in younger children.
The review states: “In the second wave, the prevalence among school-age children increased significantly, with the increase initially among children in the 12th school year (16/17 years) – 24 years and young people (e.g. im Secondary school age) is increasing.
“The rise in prevalence was first seen when schools reopened.”
There is no direct evidence that school transmission plays a “significant role” in increasing infection rates in children.
But it adds “there is no direct evidence to suggest otherwise either”.
SAGE has stated that children are at low risk of developing serious clinical illness from Covid-19, but that children from closed schools have “significant health, developmental and mental health problems.”
There is evidence that the epidemic growth resumed before schools reopened.
It is because schools, colleges, kindergartens and universities will remain open during the month-long England lockdown that began November 5th.
Last week all students and teachers at secondary schools and colleges in England were told to wear face covers when moving around the premises under government guidance.
Separate data from the Office of National Statistics suggests that secondary school-age children, older teens, and young adults continue to have the highest rates of positivity.
But rates in older teenagers and young adults are now falling and appear to have leveled off in younger children, teenagers and 25-34 year olds, he added.
The positivity rates continue to rise in people aged 35 and over and are now over 1% in 35 to 49 year olds and 50 to 69 year olds, according to the ONS.
An Education Department spokesman said: “The chief and deputy chief physician understood that the balance of evidence is clear that schools are staying open and have highlighted the damage caused by having children out of the country Education for the learning, development and mental health of children are.
“Children are at very little risk for the virus, and employees are not at any higher risk than those who work in other sectors.
“We have stepped up the already tough measures schools are taking to reduce the transmission of the virus, including requiring face-covering in all secondary schools in communal areas outside of the classroom.”