Student dropout crisis looms, UN says; India surpasses 5 million cases

Global deaths from Covid-19 are accelerating as the worldwide death toll approaches 1 million. The World Health Organization reported deaths rose by 8% last week compared to the week before,  with more than 40,600 fatalities recorded. The U.S., Brazil and India account for the largest shares of that cumulative total, with the U.S. alone accounting for 20% of the tally. Worldwide new cases are declining, but hospitals and deaths typically lag behind new cases by a couple of weeks.

At least 24 million students could drop out of school, UN says

The coronavirus pandemic could prompt more than 24 million students to drop out of school, Henrietta Fore, executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, said.

192 countries have shuttered schools, leaving 1.6 billion students without in-person learning, Fore said. Only about half of the world’s students now have access to in-person learning and many of those whose schools remain shuttered don’t have resources to access virtual learning, she said.

“The longer children remain out of school, the less likely they are to return,” she said. “At least 24 million children are projected to drop out of school due to Covid-19. That’s why we are urging governments to prioritize reopening schools when restrictions are lifted.” —Will Feuer

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25 Oct 2020, 10:26 AM (GMT)


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