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UN appeals for more funds for most fragile countries

Madrid Desk, May 7 (efe-epa).- The United Nations humanitarian chief appealed on Thursday for $6.7 billion in aid to help fragile countries during the coronavirus crisis.

Mark Lowcock has called for swift and determined action to avoid the most destabilizing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UN tripled the size of its humanitarian appeal and released an updated global plan to tackle the outbreak around the world.

Lowcock said: “The Covid-19 pandemic is hurting us all. But the most devastating and destabilizing effects will be felt in the world’s poorest countries.

“In the poorest countries, we can already see economies contracting as export earnings, remittances and tourism disappear.

“Unless we take action now, we should be prepared for a significant rise in conflict, hunger and poverty. The spectre of multiple famines looms.”

The virus has reached every country, with nearly 3,596,000 confirmed cases and more than 247,650 deaths worldwide, the UN said.

The peak of the disease in the world’s poorest countries is not expected until some point over the next three to six months, it warned.

There has already been evidence of plummeting incomes and jobs disappearing, food supplies falling and prices soaring, and children missing vaccinations and meals, according to the global organisation.

Lowcock warned that immediate action is needed to avoid a global economic downturn that could last for years.

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