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Child rights in jeopardy as WHO warns of second COVID-19 peak

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Child rights in jeopardy as WHO warns of second COVID-19 peak

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In response to member states lifting restrictions too soon, the World Health Organization’s emergency head, Dr. Mike Ryan predicted an “immediate second peak.” He also said, “ we cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now it is going to keep going down and we are getting a number of months to get ready fro a second wave. We may get a second peak in this wave.”

Why are Human Rights groups worried?

Rights groups have also said, “ the coronavirus pandemic will have a “disastrous” impact on children’s rights worldwide, making them more vulnerable to forced labour and underage marriage. The Dutch NGO KidsRights claimed that millions of children would be pushed into extreme poverty owing to the virus, which has left states short of money to fund health and education projects targeting the youth. 

Founder and Chairman Marc Dullaert also said, “ The crisis turns back the clock on years of progress made on the well being of children… therefore, a strong focus for children rights is needed more than ever.” The halting of vaccination campaigns for children has also sparked a rise in infant mortality rates, and millions of children that relied on free school meals have been deprived of a reliable source of daily nutrients.

Also read: WHO predicts Africa will be facing a quarter of billion coronavirus cases by next year

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