ESCWA: Covid-19 to Plunge 8.3 Million People in The Arab region Into Poverty

Published April 2nd, 2020 - 06:54 GMT
People queue to buy subsidised bread from a municipal bus in the Marka suburb in the east of Jordan's capital Amman on March 24, 2020, as the kingdom announced it would deliver bread and water supplies after the government decided to indefinitely extend a curfew amidst efforts to contain COVID-19 coronavirus disease. Jordan imposed a curfew after citizens failed to heed instructions not to leave home except for emergencies, and it has deployed the army to enforce the measure. A fleet of 190 buses chartered
People queue to buy subsidised bread from a municipal bus in the Marka suburb in the east of Jordan's capital Amman on March 24, 2020, as the kingdom announced it would deliver bread and water supplies after the government decided to indefinitely extend a curfew amidst efforts to contain COVID-19 coronavirus disease. Jordan imposed a curfew after citizens failed to heed instructions not to leave home except for emergencies, and it has deployed the army to enforce the measure. A fleet of 190 buses chartered by the municipality started to deliver bread directly to homes, while pharmacies and water distributors have been authorised to make home delivery sales. Khalil MAZRAAWI / AFP
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Women and young adults working in the informal sector and who have no access to social welfare are among the most vulnerable, said ESCWA executive secretary Rola Dashti.

The coronavirus pandemic will plunge 8.3 million people in the Arab region into poverty, the United Nation's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia said on Wednesday.

ESCWA also warned that two million people could become undernourished as a result.

"With today's estimates, a total of 101.4 million people in the region would be classified as poor, and 52 million as undernourished," the UN agency said.

Women and young adults working in the informal sector and who have no access to social welfare are among the most vulnerable, said ESCWA executive secretary Rola Dashti.

"Arab Governments must ensure a swift emergency response to protect their people from falling into poverty and food insecurity owing to the impact of COVID-19," Dashti added.

ESCWA last month warned that the coronavirus pandemic could wipe out more than 1.7 million jobs across the Arab world this year.

Locked down countries across the world are suffering from economic recession as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wealthier nations have introduced stimulus packages and streamlined aid in an effort to mitigate serious harm to their citizens and economies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 40,000 people worldwide since the virus first appeared in China late last year.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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