Coronavirus pandemic will cause global famines of ‘biblical proportions,’ UN warns

A large refugee camp in Syria with no known coronavirus outbreak, but there has also been virtually no testing.
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Date Published: April 22, 2020

Source: CNN

The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) warns that in a matter of months, COVID-19 and its associated economic impact could result in worldwide famines of “biblical proportions” as an additional 130 million people could be pushed to the brink of starvation in over 55 countries. Though most of these countries have been spared the worst of the pandemic, their weak healthcare systems mean that even relatively small outbreaks could be devastating. Due to COVID-19, there has been a major loss of income among the working poor from economic recessions caused by lockdowns, decreases in tourism, and lack of international demand for exports such as oil. Other contributing factors to food shortages include conflict, decline in international aid, and locust swarms and drought causing crop failures. 

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Summary by: Sophia Duong