Over one million children in the U.S. have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

The data compiled from state reports show at least one in 11 children, or 1.039,464, have tested positive for the virus as of Nov. 12, NPR reported.

For perspective, the U.S. has roughly 11.2 million coronavirus cases overall as of Tuesday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. Using the data compiled by the two organizations, children would account for nearly 10% of those cases.

“As a pediatrician who has practiced medicine for over three decades, I find this number staggering and tragic,” AAP President Sally Goza said in a statement. “We haven’t seen a virus flash through our communities in this way since we had vaccines for measles and polio. And while we wait for a vaccine to be tested and licensed to protect children from the virus that causes COVID-19, we must do more now to protect everyone in our communities.”

The AAP said the pandemic has disproportionately affected Black and Latino children, particularly regarding higher rates of infection and lack of access to critical services.

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