Children made up a very small proportion – just 1 per cent – of confirmed Covid-19 cases in England during the first wave of the virus despite large numbers of them being tested, a new British Medical Journal study has revealed.
The findings, which follow months of speculation about the virus risk among children, confirms that under-16s are not an important source of Covid-19 infection, researchers said.
Of the 540,305 people who were tested in England between 16 January and 3 May, around one in four (24 per cent) were found to have the virus.
Children under the age of 16 made up 15 per cent of the total number of people tested but accounted for just 1 per cent of positive results.
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