More than 2,000 street children have been rescued since the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Senegal, Senegalese government said on Thursday.
The rescued children included 205 from neighbouring countries.
During a briefing on “Zero children in the street” operation, Mame Gor Diouf, General-Secretary of Ministry of Women, Family and Gender said the rescued children are from age four to 17 years, 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.
She added that some of them have already been cured.
The Senegalese government launched a special operation, last Thursday, 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. (Xinhua/NAN)