Global report: ‘disaster’ looms for millions of children as WHO warns of second peak


Children at risk of forced labour; WHO says don’t assume cases will keep declining; US brings forward Brazil travel ban to Tuesday

The coronavirus pandemic will have a “disastrous” impact on children’s rights worldwide, making them more vulnerable to forced labour and underage marriage, a rights group has said, as the World Health Organization warned of an “immediate second peak” in cases if restrictions were lifted too soon.

Millions of children would fall into extreme poverty because of the outbreak, which has left governments short of money for health and education for the young, Dutch NGO KidsRights said.

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