Handwashing with soap, critical in the fight against coronavirus, is ‘out of reach’ for billions


Children was their hands with water and soap, Viet Nam

(c) UNICEF/UNI310746/Viet Hung

NEW YORK, 13 March 2020 – Handwashing with soap, when done correctly, is critical in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but millions of people have no ready access to a place to wash their hands, UNICEF said today. In total, only 3 out of 5 people worldwide have basic handwashing facilities, according to the latest data.

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