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More Than 2,000 Street Children Rescued Since Start Of COVID-19 In Senegal

SENEGAL – CIRCA 1900: Children and youth worker in Dakar, Senegal – Au centre de r?insertion “L Empire” pour enfants des rues At the reinsertion Center ” L empire” for street children. (Photo by Veronique DURRUTY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

More than 2,000 street children, including 205 from neighboring countries, have been rescued since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Senegal, the Senegalese government said on Thursday.

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During a briefing on the “Zero Children In The Street” operation, Mame Gor Diouf, General-Secretary of Ministry of Women, Family and Gender, said the rescued children are from 4 to 17 years old, among which 1,219 children were returned to their families, mainly in eight of the 14 regions across the country.

More than 50 children have been infected with COVID-19 and taken care of by the health services, said Diouf, adding that some of them have already been cured.

The Senegal government launched last Thursday a special operation to protect those children who are at risk in the current environment caused by COVID-19 crisis, and to ensure their safety and healthcare.

So far, Senegal has reported 1,492 confirmed cases, including 13 deaths and 562 cured cases.

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