COVID Closures Still Affecting 400 Million Pupils: UNICEF

Branwen Jeffreys - BBC News

Schools in 23 countries, with 405 million pupils, are still partially or fully closed because of Covid, the United Nations Children's Fund says.

The charity, Unicef, estimates 147 million children have missed at least half of their in-person schooling.

Some vulnerable children, especially girls, have not returned to those schools that have reopened.

Unicef executive director Catherine Russell says children are "the hidden casualties of the pandemic".