Child labor has increased worldwide for the first time in the past two decades. This was denounced by the International Labor Organization, ILO, and Unicef in a report in which it is emphasized that the crisis of coronavirus it threatens to push millions more young people towards the same fate.
According to the joint study, the number of child workers was 160 million in early 2020, an increase of 8.4 million in four years. The increase began before the pandemic hit and marks a dramatic reversal of a downward trend from the 94 million decline recorded between 2000 and 2016 and according to the report nearly 50 million more children could be forced to work. juvenile in the next two years. “We are losing ground in the fight to end child labor,” UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore told reporters, stressing that “the crisis of Covid-19 is making the situation even worse. “” Now, in a second year of global lockdowns, school closures, economic disruptions and falling national budgets, families are forced to make heartbreaking choices. “If the latest projections of poverty increase due to of the pandemic, an additional nine million children will be pushed into child labor by the end of 2022, the report said.
USA: eight states have fully vaccinated more than half of residents
Eight US states, all but one in the northeast, have fully vaccinated more than half of their residents against Covid-19. This is what emerges from the data published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These are Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont, the latter in first place in the entire nation with 60% of citizens already fully immunized. Altogether, nearly 141 million people – 42.5 percent of the U.S. population – are fully vaccinated, and about 172 million people – nearly 52 percent of the population – have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Covid-19. Nearly 305 million total doses of the vaccine have been injected against Covid-19, about 82 percent of the 372 million doses that were distributed. (Nys).
Japan: coronavirus, towards lifting a state of emergency in three prefectures
The government of Japan will decide today to lift the partial pandemic state of emergency in force in three prefectures of the country, in response to a significant drop in daily infections recorded last weekend. The news agency “Kyodo” reports, according to which the lifting of the restrictions will affect the prefectures of Gunma, Ishikawa and Kumamoto. Among the measures currently in force in those territories are the ban on restaurants serving alcohol, the closure of the premises at 8 pm and a limit of 5 thousand people attendance at public events. Today the Japanese government will confirm the expiry of the measures in force in the three prefectures, which is set for Sunday 13 June.