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Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) first appeared in late 2019, and it was declared a pandemic in March 2020. Many national governments implemented policies restricting social activities in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Closing schools and workplaces, restricting public transportation and mass gatherings, and enforcing lockdowns were among the measures implemented. Preventive behaviours such as physical distancing, avoiding touching one's eyes, nose, and mouth, using alcohol-based hand sanitisers, washing hands, and wearing masks were also encouraged. Several reports indicate that the implementation of these policies may have had an impact on the prevalence of infectious paediatric diseases, despite the fact that few cases have been reported. The current study aims to investigate the impact of anti-COVID-19 policies on the prevalence of paediatric infections by leveraging an existing national infectious disease surveillance system.