1.5 million children lost parent or caregiver due to Covid-19

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FILED - Health care workers rush with an oxygen cylinder on a stretcher at Jaipur Golden hospital where at least 25 Covid-19 patient passed away the previous night due to shortage of medical oxygen. India registered 349,691 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, a new global record for infections on a single day, with the pandemic pushing the healthcare system to the brink and hospitals reporting deaths due to a shortage of medical oxygen. Photo: Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa
FILED - Health care workers rush with an oxygen cylinder on a stretcher at Jaipur Golden hospital where at least 25 Covid-19 patient passed away the previous night due to shortage of medical oxygen. India registered 349,691 fresh coronavirus cases on Sunday, a new global record for infections on a single day, with the pandemic pushing the healthcare system to the brink and hospitals reporting deaths due to a shortage of medical oxygen. Photo: Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa

Around 1.5 million children worldwide lost at least one parent, grandparent or other caregiver as a result of the coronavirus pandemic between March 2020 and this April, according to a new study.

A research team led by Seth Flaxman at Imperial College London reached the figure by using birth rate and coronavirus mortality data to create mathematical models.

Because the data are not collected as comprehensively in all places, the figure can only be an approximation, and is probably an underestimate, the scientists wrote.

The number of children who lost one or both parents due to the pandemic is particularly high in relation to the population in South Africa, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, among other countries.
Overall, the number of children who have lost fathers is about five times higher than the number of children who have lost mothers.

The study was published in The Lancet medical journal.

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