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The poverty that the crisis will generate may claim more lives than the disease itself

Date: 19/05/2020

Author(s): Borja Santos Porras

Publication: The Conversation

The impact of COVID-19 on developing countries has not been given special attention by global news outlets. This is probably because the official numbers of affected and deceased are still far lower than those in Europe and the United States, and growing less rapidly than those in Russia and some Latin American countries. However, the poverty and food insecurity that the crisis is generating in low-income countries may claim more lives than the disease itself.

Many African countries closed their borders and began different isolation measures. This meant that, until the beginning of May, no African country exceeded 10,000 affected, with South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria being the hardest hit. The weakness of their health systems exposes these countries to a high health risk.