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In this picture taken on September 1, 2020, a health official takes a swab sample from a child to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a testing site in Karachi. - Six months after the coronavirus arrived in Pakistan, the country appears to have dodged the worst of the pandemic, baffling public health experts and dampening fears its crowded urban areas and ramshackle hospitals will be overrun. AFP
In this picture taken on September 1, 2020, a health official takes a swab sample from a child to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a testing site in Karachi. - Six months after the coronavirus arrived in Pakistan, the country appears to have dodged the worst of the pandemic, baffling public health experts and dampening fears its crowded urban areas and ramshackle hospitals will be overrun. AFP
 A secondary school student, wearing a protective face mask, works in a classroom at the College Henri Matisse school during its reopening in Nice as French children return to their schools after the summer break with protective face masks and social distancing as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across France, September 1, 2020. Reuters
A secondary school student, wearing a protective face mask, works in a classroom at the College Henri Matisse school during its reopening in Nice as French children return to their schools after the summer break with protective face masks and social distancing as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across France, September 1, 2020. Reuters
Kyrgyz schoolchildren wearing a protective mask to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (covid-19), participate in a lesson on the first day of the new school year in Bishkek on September 1, 2020. AFP
Kyrgyz schoolchildren wearing a protective mask to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (covid-19), participate in a lesson on the first day of the new school year in Bishkek on September 1, 2020. AFP
 Children wearing face masks as a preventative measure against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus play with toys at a kindergarten in Bangkok. Thailand officially marked 100 days since it last reported domestic COVID-19 infection on 02 September 2020, remaining one of the world's few success stories in terms of curbing the spread of SAR-CoV-2. EPA
Children wearing face masks as a preventative measure against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus play with toys at a kindergarten in Bangkok. Thailand officially marked 100 days since it last reported domestic COVID-19 infection on 02 September 2020, remaining one of the world's few success stories in terms of curbing the spread of SAR-CoV-2. EPA
Aide Joselin Hernandez Moreno, right, writes on paper while using a donated tablet, as neighborhood volunteer Rebeca Rodriguez, left, works with siblings Axel and Paulina Mariano Ortiz in a pick-up truck bed repurposed into an educational space on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. AP
Aide Joselin Hernandez Moreno, right, writes on paper while using a donated tablet, as neighborhood volunteer Rebeca Rodriguez, left, works with siblings Axel and Paulina Mariano Ortiz in a pick-up truck bed repurposed into an educational space on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. AP
A child looks to the camera as she attends her class at the community library in Morro do Salgueiro favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. While schools are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, teacher Ana Paula Bloch develops an in-person school reinforcement work with students in a community library, in an attempt to minimize the impact of the coronavirus on the education of children. AP
A child looks to the camera as she attends her class at the community library in Morro do Salgueiro favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. While schools are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, teacher Ana Paula Bloch develops an in-person school reinforcement work with students in a community library, in an attempt to minimize the impact of the coronavirus on the education of children. AP
Aide Joselin Hernandez Moreno, right, writes on paper while using a donated tablet, as neighborhood volunteer Rebeca Rodriguez, left, works with siblings Axel and Paulina Mariano Ortiz in a pick-up truck bed repurposed into an educational space on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. AP
Aide Joselin Hernandez Moreno, right, writes on paper while using a donated tablet, as neighborhood volunteer Rebeca Rodriguez, left, works with siblings Axel and Paulina Mariano Ortiz in a pick-up truck bed repurposed into an educational space on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. AP
n this picture taken on August 27, 2020, Kalidas Chavdekar, a school teacher of Aasha Marathi Vidyalay points to a writing from textbooks of various subjects painted on the wall of a house to teach students who are unable to carry smartphones to attend online school classes amid Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic in Solapur, in Maharashtra state. Half a dozen children in an Indian village gather around their teacher as she points a stick at a lesson painted on a wall, one of many which are part of an unusual effort to help poor students keep up with their education amid the coronavirus pandemic. AFP
n this picture taken on August 27, 2020, Kalidas Chavdekar, a school teacher of Aasha Marathi Vidyalay points to a writing from textbooks of various subjects painted on the wall of a house to teach students who are unable to carry smartphones to attend online school classes amid Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic in Solapur, in Maharashtra state. Half a dozen children in an Indian village gather around their teacher as she points a stick at a lesson painted on a wall, one of many which are part of an unusual effort to help poor students keep up with their education amid the coronavirus pandemic. AFP
An Indian child wearing a mask as a precaution against the coronavirus carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha to immerse in Saroornagar Lake on the final day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.  AP
An Indian child wearing a mask as a precaution against the coronavirus carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha to immerse in Saroornagar Lake on the final day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. AP
 A child looks on from a window while devotees and riot police clash ahead of the Rato Machindranath chariot festival procession in Lalitpur, Nepal, 03 September 2020. EPA
A child looks on from a window while devotees and riot police clash ahead of the Rato Machindranath chariot festival procession in Lalitpur, Nepal, 03 September 2020. EPA
Palestinian children enjoy a swim in a water spring on a hot summer day as heavy heat wave hits the area near the Palestinian village of Al-Auja in the Jordan Valley, West Bank , 01 September  2020. EPA
Palestinian children enjoy a swim in a water spring on a hot summer day as heavy heat wave hits the area near the Palestinian village of Al-Auja in the Jordan Valley, West Bank , 01 September 2020. EPA
 A child eats bread inside an electric vehicle along a vulcanizing shop in Manila, Philippines, 02 September 2020 (issued 03 September 2020). As a consequence of the difficulties of access to contraceptive methods due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Philippines expects a 'baby boom' in 2021 with more than 2 million births -the highest figure in two decades-, which will foreseeably make the country exceed the barrier of 110 million inhabitants. EPA
A child eats bread inside an electric vehicle along a vulcanizing shop in Manila, Philippines, 02 September 2020 (issued 03 September 2020). As a consequence of the difficulties of access to contraceptive methods due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Philippines expects a 'baby boom' in 2021 with more than 2 million births -the highest figure in two decades-, which will foreseeably make the country exceed the barrier of 110 million inhabitants. EPA
Children walk past a mural that reads 'Free you dreams' amid the new coronavirus pandemic at Morro da Providencia favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Rio de Janeiro is deploying a program to administer 20 thousand COVID-19 quick tests in the city's poor neighborhoods to track the progress of the disease. AP
Children walk past a mural that reads 'Free you dreams' amid the new coronavirus pandemic at Morro da Providencia favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Rio de Janeiro is deploying a program to administer 20 thousand COVID-19 quick tests in the city's poor neighborhoods to track the progress of the disease. AP
Briana Vilcherrez climbs on a cross marking a tomb during a family visit to her father's grave who died due to symptoms related to the new coronavirus at the age of 49, at the 'Martires 19 de Julio' cemetery in the Comas district, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 'Briana and her brother Neymar love to visit their father's grave because they say they feel closer to him, and here they also have a large place to play, run and have fun, ' said Gloria Perz, the children's mother. AP
Briana Vilcherrez climbs on a cross marking a tomb during a family visit to her father's grave who died due to symptoms related to the new coronavirus at the age of 49, at the 'Martires 19 de Julio' cemetery in the Comas district, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 'Briana and her brother Neymar love to visit their father's grave because they say they feel closer to him, and here they also have a large place to play, run and have fun, ' said Gloria Perz, the children's mother. AP
Children kick around a soccer ball at the 'Martires 19 de Julio' cemetery, one of the few cemeteries in the northern part of the capital where the remains of people who died from COVID-19 are allowed to be buried, in the Comas district, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. AP
Children kick around a soccer ball at the 'Martires 19 de Julio' cemetery, one of the few cemeteries in the northern part of the capital where the remains of people who died from COVID-19 are allowed to be buried, in the Comas district, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. AP
Clowns perform to entertain Palestinian children during a lockdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip September 2, 2020.  Reuters
Clowns perform to entertain Palestinian children during a lockdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip September 2, 2020. Reuters
Israeli children play with the flag of the United Arab Emirates during an anti-government rally in front of the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, on August 29, 2020. AFP
Israeli children play with the flag of the United Arab Emirates during an anti-government rally in front of the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, on August 29, 2020. AFP
Sudanese children sit on sandbags along a flooded street in the capital Khartoum's southern neighbourhood of al-Kalakla, on August 31, 2020. AFP
Sudanese children sit on sandbags along a flooded street in the capital Khartoum's southern neighbourhood of al-Kalakla, on August 31, 2020. AFP
Brothers Bryan,  right, and Emanuel Quintana, talk as they eat a donated breakfast prior to a history lesson in front of 'Tortillerias La Abuela,' or Grandma's Tortilla Shop, on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Concerned about the educational difficulties facing children during the coronavirus pandemic, the couple who run the tortilla shop adapted several spaces outside their locale to provide instruction and digital access to locale children who don't have internet or TV service at home, a project which has attracted donations and a waiting list of students. AP
Brothers Bryan, right, and Emanuel Quintana, talk as they eat a donated breakfast prior to a history lesson in front of 'Tortillerias La Abuela,' or Grandma's Tortilla Shop, on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Concerned about the educational difficulties facing children during the coronavirus pandemic, the couple who run the tortilla shop adapted several spaces outside their locale to provide instruction and digital access to locale children who don't have internet or TV service at home, a project which has attracted donations and a waiting list of students. AP
Children sit around a fire to warm themselves during a cold afternoon in Duduza township, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, as bitterly cold weather continues for a second day. AP
Children sit around a fire to warm themselves during a cold afternoon in Duduza township, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, as bitterly cold weather continues for a second day. AP
Afghan children play at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 02 September 2020. Labourers, most of whom work barefoot and without gloves, earn from three to seven US dollars a day depending on their working hours and the number of bricks they make, some of them children as young as four or five years old. EPA
Afghan children play at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 02 September 2020. Labourers, most of whom work barefoot and without gloves, earn from three to seven US dollars a day depending on their working hours and the number of bricks they make, some of them children as young as four or five years old. EPA
In this picture taken on September 1, 2020, a health official takes a swab sample from a child to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a testing site in Karachi. - Six months after the coronavirus arrived in Pakistan, the country appears to have dodged the worst of the pandemic, baffling public health experts and dampening fears its crowded urban areas and ramshackle hospitals will be overrun. AFP
In this picture taken on September 1, 2020, a health official takes a swab sample from a child to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a testing site in Karachi. - Six months after the coronavirus arrived in Pakistan, the country appears to have dodged the worst of the pandemic, baffling public health experts and dampening fears its crowded urban areas and ramshackle hospitals will be overrun. AFP
 A secondary school student, wearing a protective face mask, works in a classroom at the College Henri Matisse school during its reopening in Nice as French children return to their schools after the summer break with protective face masks and social distancing as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across France, September 1, 2020. Reuters
A secondary school student, wearing a protective face mask, works in a classroom at the College Henri Matisse school during its reopening in Nice as French children return to their schools after the summer break with protective face masks and social distancing as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across France, September 1, 2020. Reuters
Kyrgyz schoolchildren wearing a protective mask to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (covid-19), participate in a lesson on the first day of the new school year in Bishkek on September 1, 2020. AFP
Kyrgyz schoolchildren wearing a protective mask to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (covid-19), participate in a lesson on the first day of the new school year in Bishkek on September 1, 2020. AFP
 Children wearing face masks as a preventative measure against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus play with toys at a kindergarten in Bangkok. Thailand officially marked 100 days since it last reported domestic COVID-19 infection on 02 September 2020, remaining one of the world's few success stories in terms of curbing the spread of SAR-CoV-2. EPA
Children wearing face masks as a preventative measure against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus play with toys at a kindergarten in Bangkok. Thailand officially marked 100 days since it last reported domestic COVID-19 infection on 02 September 2020, remaining one of the world's few success stories in terms of curbing the spread of SAR-CoV-2. EPA
Aide Joselin Hernandez Moreno, right, writes on paper while using a donated tablet, as neighborhood volunteer Rebeca Rodriguez, left, works with siblings Axel and Paulina Mariano Ortiz in a pick-up truck bed repurposed into an educational space on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. AP
Aide Joselin Hernandez Moreno, right, writes on paper while using a donated tablet, as neighborhood volunteer Rebeca Rodriguez, left, works with siblings Axel and Paulina Mariano Ortiz in a pick-up truck bed repurposed into an educational space on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. AP
A child looks to the camera as she attends her class at the community library in Morro do Salgueiro favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. While schools are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, teacher Ana Paula Bloch develops an in-person school reinforcement work with students in a community library, in an attempt to minimize the impact of the coronavirus on the education of children. AP
A child looks to the camera as she attends her class at the community library in Morro do Salgueiro favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. While schools are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, teacher Ana Paula Bloch develops an in-person school reinforcement work with students in a community library, in an attempt to minimize the impact of the coronavirus on the education of children. AP
Aide Joselin Hernandez Moreno, right, writes on paper while using a donated tablet, as neighborhood volunteer Rebeca Rodriguez, left, works with siblings Axel and Paulina Mariano Ortiz in a pick-up truck bed repurposed into an educational space on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. AP
Aide Joselin Hernandez Moreno, right, writes on paper while using a donated tablet, as neighborhood volunteer Rebeca Rodriguez, left, works with siblings Axel and Paulina Mariano Ortiz in a pick-up truck bed repurposed into an educational space on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. AP
n this picture taken on August 27, 2020, Kalidas Chavdekar, a school teacher of Aasha Marathi Vidyalay points to a writing from textbooks of various subjects painted on the wall of a house to teach students who are unable to carry smartphones to attend online school classes amid Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic in Solapur, in Maharashtra state. Half a dozen children in an Indian village gather around their teacher as she points a stick at a lesson painted on a wall, one of many which are part of an unusual effort to help poor students keep up with their education amid the coronavirus pandemic. AFP
n this picture taken on August 27, 2020, Kalidas Chavdekar, a school teacher of Aasha Marathi Vidyalay points to a writing from textbooks of various subjects painted on the wall of a house to teach students who are unable to carry smartphones to attend online school classes amid Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic in Solapur, in Maharashtra state. Half a dozen children in an Indian village gather around their teacher as she points a stick at a lesson painted on a wall, one of many which are part of an unusual effort to help poor students keep up with their education amid the coronavirus pandemic. AFP
An Indian child wearing a mask as a precaution against the coronavirus carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha to immerse in Saroornagar Lake on the final day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.  AP
An Indian child wearing a mask as a precaution against the coronavirus carries an idol of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha to immerse in Saroornagar Lake on the final day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. AP
 A child looks on from a window while devotees and riot police clash ahead of the Rato Machindranath chariot festival procession in Lalitpur, Nepal, 03 September 2020. EPA
A child looks on from a window while devotees and riot police clash ahead of the Rato Machindranath chariot festival procession in Lalitpur, Nepal, 03 September 2020. EPA
Palestinian children enjoy a swim in a water spring on a hot summer day as heavy heat wave hits the area near the Palestinian village of Al-Auja in the Jordan Valley, West Bank , 01 September  2020. EPA
Palestinian children enjoy a swim in a water spring on a hot summer day as heavy heat wave hits the area near the Palestinian village of Al-Auja in the Jordan Valley, West Bank , 01 September 2020. EPA
 A child eats bread inside an electric vehicle along a vulcanizing shop in Manila, Philippines, 02 September 2020 (issued 03 September 2020). As a consequence of the difficulties of access to contraceptive methods due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Philippines expects a 'baby boom' in 2021 with more than 2 million births -the highest figure in two decades-, which will foreseeably make the country exceed the barrier of 110 million inhabitants. EPA
A child eats bread inside an electric vehicle along a vulcanizing shop in Manila, Philippines, 02 September 2020 (issued 03 September 2020). As a consequence of the difficulties of access to contraceptive methods due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Philippines expects a 'baby boom' in 2021 with more than 2 million births -the highest figure in two decades-, which will foreseeably make the country exceed the barrier of 110 million inhabitants. EPA
Children walk past a mural that reads 'Free you dreams' amid the new coronavirus pandemic at Morro da Providencia favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Rio de Janeiro is deploying a program to administer 20 thousand COVID-19 quick tests in the city's poor neighborhoods to track the progress of the disease. AP
Children walk past a mural that reads 'Free you dreams' amid the new coronavirus pandemic at Morro da Providencia favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Rio de Janeiro is deploying a program to administer 20 thousand COVID-19 quick tests in the city's poor neighborhoods to track the progress of the disease. AP
Briana Vilcherrez climbs on a cross marking a tomb during a family visit to her father's grave who died due to symptoms related to the new coronavirus at the age of 49, at the 'Martires 19 de Julio' cemetery in the Comas district, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 'Briana and her brother Neymar love to visit their father's grave because they say they feel closer to him, and here they also have a large place to play, run and have fun, ' said Gloria Perz, the children's mother. AP
Briana Vilcherrez climbs on a cross marking a tomb during a family visit to her father's grave who died due to symptoms related to the new coronavirus at the age of 49, at the 'Martires 19 de Julio' cemetery in the Comas district, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 'Briana and her brother Neymar love to visit their father's grave because they say they feel closer to him, and here they also have a large place to play, run and have fun, ' said Gloria Perz, the children's mother. AP
Children kick around a soccer ball at the 'Martires 19 de Julio' cemetery, one of the few cemeteries in the northern part of the capital where the remains of people who died from COVID-19 are allowed to be buried, in the Comas district, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. AP
Children kick around a soccer ball at the 'Martires 19 de Julio' cemetery, one of the few cemeteries in the northern part of the capital where the remains of people who died from COVID-19 are allowed to be buried, in the Comas district, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. AP
Clowns perform to entertain Palestinian children during a lockdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip September 2, 2020.  Reuters
Clowns perform to entertain Palestinian children during a lockdown following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip September 2, 2020. Reuters
Israeli children play with the flag of the United Arab Emirates during an anti-government rally in front of the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, on August 29, 2020. AFP
Israeli children play with the flag of the United Arab Emirates during an anti-government rally in front of the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, on August 29, 2020. AFP
Sudanese children sit on sandbags along a flooded street in the capital Khartoum's southern neighbourhood of al-Kalakla, on August 31, 2020. AFP
Sudanese children sit on sandbags along a flooded street in the capital Khartoum's southern neighbourhood of al-Kalakla, on August 31, 2020. AFP
Brothers Bryan,  right, and Emanuel Quintana, talk as they eat a donated breakfast prior to a history lesson in front of 'Tortillerias La Abuela,' or Grandma's Tortilla Shop, on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Concerned about the educational difficulties facing children during the coronavirus pandemic, the couple who run the tortilla shop adapted several spaces outside their locale to provide instruction and digital access to locale children who don't have internet or TV service at home, a project which has attracted donations and a waiting list of students. AP
Brothers Bryan, right, and Emanuel Quintana, talk as they eat a donated breakfast prior to a history lesson in front of 'Tortillerias La Abuela,' or Grandma's Tortilla Shop, on the southern edge of Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Concerned about the educational difficulties facing children during the coronavirus pandemic, the couple who run the tortilla shop adapted several spaces outside their locale to provide instruction and digital access to locale children who don't have internet or TV service at home, a project which has attracted donations and a waiting list of students. AP
Children sit around a fire to warm themselves during a cold afternoon in Duduza township, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, as bitterly cold weather continues for a second day. AP
Children sit around a fire to warm themselves during a cold afternoon in Duduza township, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, as bitterly cold weather continues for a second day. AP
Afghan children play at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 02 September 2020. Labourers, most of whom work barefoot and without gloves, earn from three to seven US dollars a day depending on their working hours and the number of bricks they make, some of them children as young as four or five years old. EPA
Afghan children play at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 02 September 2020. Labourers, most of whom work barefoot and without gloves, earn from three to seven US dollars a day depending on their working hours and the number of bricks they make, some of them children as young as four or five years old. EPA
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