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Global Starvation Outpaces Covid-19 Fatalities, 11 Die Every Minute, Says OXFAM

KARACHI: Global starvation has outpaced Covid-19 fatalities as about 11 people are likely dying of hunger and malnutrition each minute. This has been revealed in a report released by Oxfam today.

The startling revelations made in the report say that current global death rate of COVID-19 stands at seven people per minute but as many as 11 people are likely dying of hunger and malnutrition each minute around the globe.

The report, titled “The hunger virus multiplies: deadly recipe of conflict, Covid-19 and climate accelerate world hunger” says that ongoing conflict, combined with the economic disruptions of the pandemic and an escalating climate crisis, has deepened poverty and catastrophic food insecurity in the world’s hunger hotspots and established strongholds in new epicentres of hunger.

Oxfam said that overall, 155 million people around the world were now living in crisis levels of food insecurity or worse – that is 20 million more than last year, and around two out of every three of these people were going hungry primarily because their country is in war and conflict.

The report urged the governments to focus on funding urgent hunger response and social protection programs to save lives now, rather than striking arms deals that perpetuate conflict, war and hunger. As equally important as stopping Covid-19 itself, is stopping it from killing more people through hunger. We need action to create fairer, more resilient and sustainable ways of feeding the world.

The report also describes the massive impact that economic shocks, particularly worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, along with the worsening climate crisis, have had in pushing tens of millions more people into hunger. Mass unemployment and severely disrupted food production have led to a 40 percent surge in global food prices – the highest rise in over a decade.

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