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COVID and Asia's kids: Overlooked victims suffer stress or worse

Catching the virus is just one risk to children, who are last in line for shots

A health worker collects a swab sample to test a child for COVID-19 in Mumbai in November, 2020.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR/NEW DELHI/TOKYO -- With Malaysian schools gradually reopening after a nine-month hiatus due to the coronavirus, 14-year-old Samyuktha Pannierselvam is eager to catch up on gossip with her friends. But while she is cheerful on the outside, Samyuktha is keeping what she calls a "dark secret": She had COVID-19 during the break.

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