July 13 2020 11:46am

Coronavirus: WHO urges countries not to turn reopening of schools into ‘political football’

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergencies programme executive director Michael Ryan and the WHO’s technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove spoke Monday about transmission rates of COVID-19 among children as well as the ongoing concerns over school reopenings in the U.S. Both said transmission among children to children or to adults is still an aspect difficult to understand, but Ryan stressed people should not make the reopening of schools a “political football,” saying it must be done where community transmission has been suppressed by a broad-based strategy.

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