Coronavirus: WHO says same mask rules as adults apply for children aged over 12

Children play at a swimming pool in the Atlantis The Palm hotel, as the Emirates reopen to tourism amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai. (Reuters)

The World Health Organization on Friday recommended that children over 12 should wear masks in the same contexts as adults in the bid to rein in the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a one-meter distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area,” the UN health agency said in fresh guidelines developed in cooperation with UNICEF.


Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 22.78 million

Meanwhile, more than 22.78 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 792,837 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries andterritories since the first cases were identified in China inDecember 2019.

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Last Update: Friday, 21 August 2020 KSA 21:17 - GMT 18:17
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