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UNICEF joins hand in Covid-19 combat and defer fake news about pandemic

22:23 | 18/03/2020

Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund Henrietta Fore said in a statement that the organization has implemented essential measures to prevent the emerging respiratory disease Covid-19 killing thousands of people recently as well as handled the misinformation relating to the virus.

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Executive Director Henrietta Fore calls for donation to support UNICEF's mission "for those with nothing and no one – despite these difficult times". Photo: UNICEF

One week since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, the number of cases continues to soar around the world. Hundreds of millions of children are not in school. Parents and caregivers are working remotely whenever they can. Borders have been closed. Lives have been upended.

“These are uncharted waters for all of us. At UNICEF, we are fighting a new virus, debunking myths and battling misinformation, all while looking after the well-being of our staff and our own families,” Fore said.

She affirmed that UNICEF’s life-saving work to provide children with health, education, nutrition and protection has never been more critical. With millions of children uprooted, affected by wars, dying from preventable causes, out of school, or missing out on essential vaccines, the need for support has never been greater.

The fund for children is working to help prevent the spread of the virus among communities in the affected countries as well as sharing accurate information on how to keep families safe, providing hygiene and medical kits to schools and health clinics, and mitigating the impact of the outbreak on children’s access to health, education and social services.

“Now more than ever, we count on our donors to continue supporting our mission for those with nothing and no one – despite these difficult times,” said the head of UNICEF.

SITUATION IN NUMBERS

(total and new cases in the last 24 hours)

Globally

125 048 confirmed (6729 new)

4613 deaths (321 new)

Vietnam

75 confirmed (7 new)

0 death

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