Analysis: COVID-19 Pushing Over 500 Million People Into Extreme Poverty: UN
Over half a billion people have been pushed into poverty by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression, reports by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank said Sunday.
The findings are contained in two reports published on Universal Health Coverage Day, which illustrate the disastrous impact of COVID-19 on people’s capacity to get and pay for health care.
The pandemic is likely to halt two decades of global progress toward universal health coverage, triggering declining immunizations and increased tuberculosis and malaria deaths, the global health body said.
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