Covid has caused ‘hidden pandemic of orphanhood’, says global study

1.5 million children lost a caregiver during pandemic, including thousands in the UK

An estimated 1.5 million children worldwide under the age of 18 have lost a parent, grandparent or caregiver due to Covid-19, according to a global study.

Of those, more than 1 million experienced the death of one or both parents during the first 14 months of the pandemic, leading to what one researcher called “the hidden pandemic of orphanhood”.

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