Evidence collected since the start of the locally transmitted coronavirus shows that children and schools are not the main drivers of the pandemic, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.
The United States Agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide in its report sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said the health risks to children from Covid-19 so far have remained low.
UNICEF Africa following the findings has urged the Africa leaders to prioritise education and ensure schools remain open and safe for the sake of the individual children and also for the future of their communities and countries.
“More than a year since schools first closed in the region, UNICEF and partners have accumulated a large body of knowledge about how to reduce the risks of the virus to children, teachers and their families,” it stated in the report.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) last week reported some students in Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the Ashanti and Greater Accra Region have tested positive for the deadly novel coronavirus.
Addressing the country for the 26th time on measures taken by the government to slow and curb the virus, President Akufo-Addo said the outbreak of Covid-19 in schools is a result of public disregard to the coronavirus protocols.
He urged students and teachers to always wear their face masks, sanitize and wash hands regularly with soap under running water and strictly adhere to the safety coronavirus etiquette to stop the spread of the killer virus.