Live Updates: COVID-19 Cases
  • World 30,479,590
    World
    Confirmed: 30,479,590
    Active: 7,362,644
    Recovered: 22,164,923
    Death: 952,023
  • USA 6,883,639
    USA
    Confirmed: 6,883,639
    Active: 2,524,775
    Recovered: 4,156,488
    Death: 202,376
  • India 5,247,627
    India
    Confirmed: 5,247,627
    Active: 1,019,663
    Recovered: 4,143,247
    Death: 84,717
  • Brazil 4,457,443
    Brazil
    Confirmed: 4,457,443
    Active: 569,330
    Recovered: 3,753,082
    Death: 135,031
  • Russia 1,091,186
    Russia
    Confirmed: 1,091,186
    Active: 170,784
    Recovered: 901,207
    Death: 19,195
  • Peru 750,098
    Peru
    Confirmed: 750,098
    Active: 124,439
    Recovered: 594,513
    Death: 31,146
  • Mexico 684,113
    Mexico
    Confirmed: 684,113
    Active: 123,518
    Recovered: 488,416
    Death: 72,179
  • South Africa 655,572
    South Africa
    Confirmed: 655,572
    Active: 54,497
    Recovered: 585,303
    Death: 15,772
  • Spain 654,637
    Spain
    Confirmed: 654,637
    Active: 624,232
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 30,405
  • Chile 442,827
    Chile
    Confirmed: 442,827
    Active: 14,647
    Recovered: 415,981
    Death: 12,199
  • Iran 416,198
    Iran
    Confirmed: 416,198
    Active: 36,741
    Recovered: 355,505
    Death: 23,952
  • France 415,481
    France
    Confirmed: 415,481
    Active: 293,546
    Recovered: 90,840
    Death: 31,095
  • UK 385,936
    UK
    Confirmed: 385,936
    Active: 344,204
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 41,732
  • Bangladesh 345,805
    Bangladesh
    Confirmed: 345,805
    Active: 88,589
    Recovered: 252,335
    Death: 4,881
  • Saudi Arabia 328,720
    Saudi Arabia
    Confirmed: 328,720
    Active: 15,938
    Recovered: 308,352
    Death: 4,430
  • Pakistan 304,386
    Pakistan
    Confirmed: 304,386
    Active: 6,295
    Recovered: 291,683
    Death: 6,408
  • Turkey 298,039
    Turkey
    Confirmed: 298,039
    Active: 26,979
    Recovered: 263,745
    Death: 7,315
  • Italy 294,932
    Italy
    Confirmed: 294,932
    Active: 42,457
    Recovered: 216,807
    Death: 35,668
  • Germany 270,149
    Germany
    Confirmed: 270,149
    Active: 19,387
    Recovered: 241,300
    Death: 9,462
  • Canada 141,268
    Canada
    Confirmed: 141,268
    Active: 8,764
    Recovered: 123,304
    Death: 9,200
  • Netherlands 90,047
    Netherlands
    Confirmed: 90,047
    Active: 83,774
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 6,273
  • China 85,255
    China
    Confirmed: 85,255
    Active: 165
    Recovered: 80,456
    Death: 4,634
  • Australia 26,861
    Australia
    Confirmed: 26,861
    Active: 2,169
    Recovered: 23,855
    Death: 837
  • S. Korea 22,783
    S. Korea
    Confirmed: 22,783
    Active: 2,635
    Recovered: 19,771
    Death: 377
  • New Zealand 1,809
    New Zealand
    Confirmed: 1,809
    Active: 70
    Recovered: 1,714
    Death: 25

UN expert: Pandemic’s worst impacts on poverty yet to come

Author at TechGenyz Health
A Man Wearing Protective Mask Sitting On Bench
A Man Wearing Protective Mask Sitting On Bench. Credit: @jusdevoyage/Unsplash

The United Nations independent expert on poverty has warned that the worst impacts from the coronavirus pandemic on poverty are yet to come and that measures are taken by governments to protect people so far have been insufficient.

The social safety nets put into place are full of holes, said Olivier De Schutter, a Belgian legal scholar appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

These current measures are generally short-term, the funding is insufficient and many people will inevitably fall between the cracks, De Schutter said.

His message was directed to world leaders meeting this month for the UN General Assembly. He called on them to take more decisive steps to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities, according to a UN statement released on Friday.

De Schutter said the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic is unprecedented in times of peace since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

He warned that 176 million additional people worldwide could fall into poverty, with 3.20 per day being used as the poverty baseline.

Even though governments have pledged social schemes to help, the world’s poorest people are often excluded because they don’t have the digital literacy or internet access, he said.

In some cases, government programs are now running out.

Families in poverty have by now used up whatever reserves they had and sold their assets, he said. The worst impacts of the crisis on poverty are still to come.

Career

Subscribe