The pandemic threatens to plunge an additional 100 million people into extreme poverty

What prevails internationally

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The pandemic threatens to plunge an additional 100 million people into extreme poverty, according to the World Bank.

In addition, in Mexico, more than 59.100 deaths due to it COVID-19 and nearly 544.000 cases of coronavirus infection were recorded.

In Uganda, 94 cases and 3 deaths were recorded by him COVID-19 in 24 hours.

New Zealand is postponing the lifting of the lockdown in Auckland after 11 cases were detected, while in Japan the entry ban imposed due to the pandemic on foreigners with permanent residence permits will be lifted in September.

In Argentina, a record 8.225 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in 24 hours, while in Australia, 9 deaths due to coronavirus and 179 cases of infection were recorded.

In China, 22 cases were reported in 24 hours, while in Latin America more than 250.000 deaths were reported due to COVID-19 and over 6,4 million cases.

In Brazil, the dead because of him COVID-19 exceeded 112.000, while in the country more than 3,5 million cases of infection were recorded.

The World Bank

The coronavirus pandemic crisis could lead to an additional 100 million people falling into extreme poverty internationally, far more than previously thought, World Bank President David Malpas warned in an interview yesterday. granted to the French Agency.

The financial institution of Washington estimates that 70 to 100 million people may fall into extreme poverty and "this number may increase" if the pandemic worsens or lasts, he said.

A previous World Bank estimate put the figure at 60 million.

This makes it an "urgent" need for creditors to reduce the debt of poor countries, Malpas said, thus going beyond calls to extend the moratorium on debt repayment of the most distressed states.

He predicted that there would be more countries that would need to restructure their public debt.

"Debt-related vulnerabilities have increased and it is imperative (for debtor countries) to see the light at the end of the tunnel so that they can attract new investment," the World Bank president explained.

The member states of the Group of Twenty (G20) most economically developed countries in the world decided in April to suspend until the end of 2020 the repayment of the debts of the poorest countries.

NGOs and the World Bank are calling for the moratorium, which covers 2021 countries, to be extended until 76. The G20 states are expected to take decisions by October, when their next meeting will take place.

But that will not be enough, said David Malpas, as the slowdown in economic activity means that these countries, which are already unable to provide a safety net, adequate social welfare to their citizens, will not be able to repay their debts.

The amount of debt relief should depend on the situation in each country, he noted. The agency has announced $ 160 billion in emergency aid to about XNUMX countries.

In 2015, the year in which the most recent estimate posted on the World Bank website was made, some 734 million people were already living in extreme poverty, in other words about 10% of the world's population.

But extreme poverty - living on less than $ 1,90 a day - has not stopped rising since the pandemic began.

The deterioration is due to the combination of job destruction during the pandemic as well as supply chain difficulties, which make it difficult to access food.

"All this contributes to people slipping into extreme poverty," Malpas said.


The Mexican Ministry of Health announced yesterday that in the past 24 hours it recorded 625 deaths due to COVID-19 and 6.775 confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The coronavirus pandemic in the country of 127 million people reached 59.106 dead out of a total of 543.806 infections.
Mexican government officials, however, point out that the number of people infected with the coronavirus is actually much higher than confirmed.


The Ugandan Ministry of Health announced yesterday that in the past 24 hours it recorded 94 new confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the highest number in the last three months, with the total number of people infected with the new coronavirus in the African country. to reach 1.750.

Laboratory tests on 3.046 samples in 24 hours revealed that 53 suspected cases had been identified, 33 in close contact, seven international truck drivers and one citizen returning from abroad were infected. In addition, 14 foreign truck drivers who were found to have been infected at land entry points were not allowed to enter the country.

According to the Ministry of Health in Kampala, three other patients succumbed to COVID-19, with the total death toll officially reaching 19 since March 21, when the first case of infection was announced in Uganda.

New Zealand

New Zealand authorities say they have recorded 24 new confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-11 infection in the past 2 hours and have postponed a decision on easing restrictions in the country's largest city, Auckland, for next week.

The nine cases are considered to be infections in the community and two were detected at the country's gates.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she intends to announce on Monday whether she will ease the lockdown in Auckland and the - less stringent - measures in place in the rest of the country.

To date, New Zealand authorities have recorded more than 1.300 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection and 22 deaths due to COVID-19.


The Argentine Ministry of Health announced yesterday that in the past 24 hours it recorded the highest number of infections from SARS-CoV-2 in one day so far, 8.225 cases.

A total of 44 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in the Latin American country of 320.871 million inhabitants, with deaths due to COVID-19 have reached 6.517.

The sad record came three days after a new opposition demonstration in central Buenos Aires called on the government to end its restrictive measures, which protesters say are restricting their individual freedoms.


The Japanese government is preparing to lift its entry ban next month due to the coronavirus pandemic to foreigners on permanent residence permits, Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported today, amid outcry over the emotional and the measure.

Visa holders, especially permanent residents and participants in student exchange programs, will be allowed to re-enter the country, provided they are tested and voluntarily isolated for 14 days after their return, ie under the same conditions. currently applicable to repatriated Japanese, the NHK explained.


Authorities in Victoria, Australia's second-most populous state, which has become the epicenter of the current coronavirus pandemic in the country, said they had recorded 24 cases of SARS-CoV-179 infection in the past 2 hours. lowest number in the last five weeks or more.

Reports in recent days have heightened optimism expressed by authorities, who believe that strict restrictive measures in Melbourne and the decision to close sectors of the Victorian economy have prevented it from spreading to the rest of the country.

A day earlier, 240 new confirmed cases had been reported. Nine other deaths were recorded because of it COVID-19, compared to 13 the previous one.

The coronavirus pandemic in Australia as of this stage totals at least 471 deaths out of a total of more than 24.000 infections. These numbers are significantly lower than those recorded by other economically developed countries.


The Chinese Ministry of Health announced today that until midnight yesterday it was informed about the detection of 22 new confirmed cases of infection by SARS-CoV-2, clarifying that everything was "imported", according to the terminology it uses when referring to travelers from abroad. that they have been infected with the coronavirus after entering Chinese territory.

No deaths were reported due to it COVID-19, according to the same source.

Another 47 people were judged to have recovered in the past 24 hours and were discharged from hospitals. 491 patients continue to be treated, 20 in serious to critical condition.

Officially, the pandemic in the country where the coronavirus first appeared at the end of December 2019 amounts to 4.634 deaths due to the COVID-19 out of a total of 84.917 confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Latin America

In the Latin American and Caribbean region, the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has risen to more than 250.000, according to independent estimates by AFP and Reuters, based on official government announcements.

The region, which has a population of 620 million, had officially recorded 250.969 deaths due to the COVID-19 on a total of 6.463.245 infections from SARS-CoV-2 until yesterday Thursday at 01:00 (Cyprus time).


The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced yesterday that in the past 24 hours it recorded another 1.204 deaths of patients due to COVID-19 and 45.323 new confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The coronavirus pandemic in Brazil has now reached 112.304 dead out of a total of 3.501.975 people infected, according to data from the Brazilian Ministry of Health.

A large part of the Brazilian scientific community considers the official data to be very underestimated, explaining that not a sufficient number of tests are performed in the giant country of 212 million inhabitants.

The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean has now risen to more than 250.000.

Source: KYPE