Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of poor people will increase by about 115 million. There has not been such a sharp increase in several decades. It was stated by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the UN press service reports.
"Recent estimates show the pandemic could push up to 115 million people into poverty this year – the first increase in decades. Women are at greatest risk because they are more likely to lose their jobs, and less likely to have social protection," Guterres said.
The UN chief underscored the need for extraordinary efforts to fight poverty at this time.
As the pandemic demands strong collective action, he called for Governments to accelerate economic transformation by investing in a sustainable recovery.
Additionally, countries need "a new generation of social protection programs" that also cover people who work in the informal economy.
"Joining together in common cause is the only way we will emerge safely from this pandemic," the Secretary-General added.
As we reported earlier, 5,062 new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in Ukraine over the last 24 hours.
Since the beginning of the pandemic in Ukraine, 281,239 people have been diagnosed with the disease: 5,302 have died (+73 per day), 119,650 (+951) have managed to recover.