According to the organization, the peak of the epidemic in these countries is still far away, but the pandemic has already hit the population’s income.
The UN is calling for more funds to be allocated to fight the coronavirus, insisting that this is necessary to “protect millions of lives” and help stop the spread of the disease in “vulnerable countries.”
The UN humanitarian agency said on Thursday that the peak of the COVID-19 epidemic in the world’s poorest countries is projected to come in only three to six months. Still, these regions are already experiencing job losses and income, as well as difficulties with food and vaccination of children.
Earlier, the organization called for $ 2 billion, and on Thursday said that a total of $ 6.7 billion is needed.
“If we do not support the poorest people, especially women, girls, and other vulnerable groups, as they struggle with the pandemic and the consequences of the global recession, the side effects will continue for many years. This could be even more painful and even more expensive for everyone,” said UN under-Secretary-General for humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock.
Nine other states were added to the list of most vulnerable countries: Benin, Djibouti, Liberia, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Zimbabwe.
Several countries have begun easing quarantine measures in the hope that the worst is over, but experts warn of the threat of a new surge in infections if restrictions are relaxed too quickly.
The governments of several European countries and the individual US states allow some companies to resume work, as well as to visit restaurants and shops, subject to social distancing. Health authorities fear that the public may interpret this as a sign that the threat of the virus has passed.
South Korea, where the number of new infections remains close to zero, continues to ease restrictions: on Thursday, the country’s largest airline announced that it would resume flights to the United States, Europe, and other Asian countries next month.
The South Korean government is also expanding the supply of masks to other countries, paying particular attention to the regions with the most acute outbreaks of the disease.
In Brazil, a record increase in the number of cases of the disease was recorded – 10 500. The total number of cases in the country exceeded 125,000.
There are about 3.8 million confirmed cases of infection and 264,000 deaths worldwide.