Coronavirus can cause famine, United Nations warns Nigeria, others
In only a matter of months, the UN has reported, the world faces several famines of “biblical proportions,” warning that the coronavirus pandemic will drive another 130 million people to the brink of starvation.
CNN reports that World Food Program executive director David Beasley said famines could take root in a worst-case scenario in a strong address on Tuesday in “around three dozen countries.”
He cited war, an economic crisis, a decline in aid and a collapse in oil prices as factors likely to lead to massive food shortages, and urged urgent action to avert catastrophe.
Ten countries have been listed as especially at-risk following last year’s worst food crises; Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, and Haiti.
To date, most of these countries have been spared the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, with the epicenter spreading from China to Europe to North America, but the state of their health-care systems could devastate even fairly small outbreaks.