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The COVID-19 pandemic has devastating short, medium and long-term consequences for children and their rights. It can also have a grave physical, emotional and psychological effect on children, especially in countries which have established mandatory stay-at-home, lockdown or confinement measures and for children in situations of vulnerability.

While children who contract COVID-19 seem to have fewer symptoms and mortality rates than other groups, there are several immediate socio-economic impacts directly affecting children and child protection risks that are emerging daily due to the measures taken to prevent and contain the virus.

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