Shutting schools did not help New Zealand’s fight against coronavirus. On the contrary, it led to a spike in social issues, a recent government report has said.

New Zealand is under lockdown until Wednesday to stem spread of the deadly virus. The country has 1,445 infections while nine others have died due to coronavirus.

“Recently emerging evidence suggests closure of education institutions has a limited role in reducing COVID-19 morbidity and mortality,” daily New Zealand Herald quoted a 16-page report by the Health Ministry.

Schools and childcare centers were closed as part of government measures to protect people from being

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