Children in the U.S. are still plagued by a high rate of coronavirus infections, even as cases decline overall, according to recent data from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The academy data showed new cases among children to be “exceptionally high” with 148,222 infections recorded in the week ending Oct. 7, CNN reported.

Children make up almost 25% of weekly reported coronavirus cases, according to the academy.

Coronavirus cases and related hospitalizations and deaths otherwise have been on the decline nationally, according to Johns Hopkins University data. A Hopkins tracker logged an average of 87,676 new infections and related 1,559 deaths each day over the past week.

So far, 66% of the U.S. population older than 12 has been fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Those younger than 12 are currently are ineligible for coronavirus vaccines, though Pfizer and BioNTech have filed with the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for children ages 5-11.

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