More than 290 million students have been affected by school closures across 13 countries to curb the coronavirus outbreak, the UN said Thursday. 

“While temporary school closures as a result of health and other crises are not new unfortunately, the global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled and, if prolonged, could threaten the right to education,” said Audrey Azoulay, director general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in a statement. 

The number of affected countries have risen to 76 with Argentina, Chile, Poland and Ukraine having just reported their first cases of the

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