Coronavirus pandemic pushes 100M people into extreme povertyJuly 21, 2020
By Antonio Manaytay
Coronavirus pandemic could plunge the world’s economies into recession and push some 100 million people into extreme poverty.
Speaking at the 102nd birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela, United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the deadly contagion has revealed the “fragility of our world.”
The pandemic has infected over 14 million people worldwide and killed almost 600,000 in its wake.
Guterres said hardly hit are those in the informal sector, seasonal workers, small businesses, and women.
The world, he said, is “facing the deepest global recession since World War II.”
One thing the coronavirus has exposed is “the myth that we are all in the same boat.”
He said most of the world’s wealth is in the hands of the few.
In a Business Insider report, the 26 richest men have more wealth than the combined wealth of the 3.8 billion people in the world.
This disparity has tested the patience of the people, citing the global anti-racism movement following George Floyd’s death. Floyd, an Afro-American, died in the hands of white policemen.
“Enough of inequality and discrimination,” said Guterres during the virtual memorial lecture organized by Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Don’t treat people based on their skin color, he urged. (Mindanao Sun)