By Melanie Burton and Paulina Duran
MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned on Wednesday the nation’s children could become the silent victims of the coronavirus pandemic, as officials investigate new nursing home cluster.
Australia’s rate of new COVID-19 infections has been sustained at levels much lower than other countries for weeks, but the country has so far retained strict social distancing rules that have closed businesses and confined people to their homes.
Still, Morrison urged teachers to return to classrooms across the country to join “great heroes” like medical staffand supermarket workers, stressing the risk that children from disadvantaged families in particular lose a year of education.
“At this time, as our nation fights this coronavirus, your role has become even more important,” Morrison said in an videod…