‘Over 1.9m Indian kids lost a parent or caregiver to Covid’

New Delhi, February 25 (KMS): Around 19 lakh children in India have lost a parent or caregiver to Covid-19, according to a study published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, a UK-based, peer-reviewed medical journal, Thursday.

The study said estimates for the number of children affected by Covid-associated orphanhood and caregiver death nearly doubled between 1 May 2021 and 31 October 2021, compared to the first 14 months of the pandemic.

Two out of three children orphaned due to Covid-19 are aged 10 to 17 years, according to the study, while three out of four who experienced the death of one parent during the pandemic lost their fathers.

The study was conducted by researchers from the US, UK and South Africa over a 20-month period starting March 2020.