100’s of Thousands of Children Could Die Due To Economic Shutdown, 10’s of Millions into Extreme Poverty

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on April 21, 2020

The global economic turn down resulting from the coronavirus pandemic could potentially kill hundred of thousands of children across the globe and put millions more into poverty according to a recent warning from the United Nations

The coronavirus pandemic has many consequences for children across the globe besides the risk of being infected. According to a risk report nearly 369 million children in 143 countries who rely on school lunches for daily nutrition have not had access to them while schools across the globe are shut down.

“We must act now on each of these threats to our children. Leaders must do everything in their power to cushion the impact of the pandemic. What started as a public health emergency has snowballed into a formidable test for the global promise to leave no one behind.”
– U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

The coronavirus has infected hundreds of thousands across the globe, but according to two studies from the United States and China children who get infected are less likely to have symptoms and tend to have a mild course of the virus

“economic hardship experienced by families as a result of the global economic downturn could result in an hundreds of thousands of additional child deaths in 2020, reversing the last 2 to 3 years of progress in reducing infant mortality within a single year.”
– United Nations Report

The United Nations has stated that the coronavirus could potentially put 42 million to 66 million children into poverty on top of the already 386 million children currently living in extreme poverty.

“The potential losses that may accrue in learning for today’s young generation, and for the development of their human capital, are hard to fathom. More than two-thirds of countries have introduced a national distance learning platform, but among low-income countries the share is only 30 percent.”
– United Nations Report


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