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COVID-19 Could Force 132 Million People Into Hunger by the end of 2020 – United Nations Report

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According the United Nations, the coronavirus pandemic could push up to 132 million people into hunger by the end of 2020.In the new report, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency in a statement said that, the coronavirus pandemic has intensify the vulnerability and inadequacies of global food systems.

The agency stated that, “While it is too early to assess the full impact of the lockdowns and other containment measures, at least another 83 million people, and possibly as many as 132 million, may go hungry in 2020,”.

The finding was made known in the latest annual publication of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World by U.N. agencies, including the World Health Organization.

UNICEF added that the economic recovery expected in 2021 would reduce the number of undernourished people. It is however unclear by how much, and the number will remain above pre-pandemic projections.

In the report, it was highlighted that there is high numbers of people without access to a healthy diet.

The report estimated that around 3 billion people worldwide cannot afford a healthy diet in 2019.

Source: United Nations

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