Governments must protect children amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has been indiscriminately spreading to all locations and age groups across the world, urged the head of the UN.

“#COVID19 has upended the lives of children worldwide. With many children in jeopardy, I appeal to leaders at all levels to do everything in their power to cushion the impact of the pandemic – and protect our children,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Twitter early Friday.

In a separate statement on Thursday, the UN chief acknowledged that although largely “spared from the most severe symptoms of the disease,” children are likely

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