Despite the fact that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) European Region has seen a steady increase in the number of new Covid-19 infections for the fourth week in a row, schools are still being advised to stay open with adequate preventive and response measures in place.
The extensive school closures that disrupted the education of millions of children and adolescents last year caused more harm than good, particularly to children’s mental and social well-being.
The WHO European Region accounted for 57% of new global cases in the third week of October.
While the WHO’s five other worldwide regions saw a decrease in Covid-19 cases, more than half of the countries in the European Region saw a significant increase in infection rates, with new cases up 18% across all age groups.
According to the World Health Organization, suspending children’s schooling should only be used as a last resort.
Science must take precedence over politics, and children’s long-term interests must be prioritized, especially since that transmission is increasing in a lot of nations. Closing schools is not the most efficient way to address this problem.
In the WHO European Region, 76 million Covid-19 cases and 1.4 million deaths have been reported to date.