Coronavirus: How COVID-19 has affected death figures in England and Wales
Sky's Thomas Moore looks at how COVID-19 has affected the overall death figures in England and Wales.
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The number of registered deaths in England and Wales has fallen below the five-year average for the first time since the lockdown began in March. Tom Ara, Partner & Co-Chair of Entertainment Finance & Transactions Practice, at DLA Piper talked about COVID-19's impact on the entertainment industry. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the COVID-19 and related restrictions are "taking a heavy toll on 220 million people in protracted emergencies."
Speaking at a press conference in Geneva today (17 Jul), Tedros said, "Although COVID-19 has rightly captured the world's attention, we must also remember it is not the only crisis the world is facing. Many countries, especially in Africa and the Middle East, are still reeling from years of conflict and other humanitarian crises. COVID-19 threatens to exacerbate many of these crises."
The WHO chief noted that while it was too early to assess the full impact of lockdowns and other containment measures, "up to 132 million more people may go hungry in 2020, in addition to the 690 million who went hungry last year." He said deep budget cuts to education and rising poverty caused by the pandemic could force at least 9.7 million children out of school forever by the end of this year, "with millions more falling behind in learning."
Joining the press conference via teleconference, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said COVID-19 "and the associated global recession are about to wreak havoc in fragile and low-income countries." In a message to the G20 finance ministers and to other rich nations, he said, "Unless we act now, we should be prepared for a series of human tragedies, more brutal and more destructive than any of the direct impacts of the virus itself."
Lowcock said inaction would leave the virus free to circle the globe, undo decades of development, and "create a generation's worth of tragic and exportable problems." He said this could be fixed with "money and leadership from the world's wealthier nations and some fresh thinking." He added, "We estimate that the cost of protecting the poorest 10 percent of the global population from the worst effects of the pandemic and the global recession is about 90 billion USD. That's less than one percent of the stimulus package wealthy countries have put in place to protect the global economy."
The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator said the COVID-19 humanitarian response plan is "only as effective as the funding it receives." He said, "So far, we've raised 1.7 billion USD. I appreciate every country is being hurt by this pandemic but I do have to say that the response of wealthy nations, who have rightly thrown out the fiscal and monetary rule books to protect their people and their economies; their response has been grossly inadequate when it comes to helping the poorer countries. And that is dangerously shortsighted."
Executive Director OF WHO'S Health Emergencies Programme Michael Ryan said over the past year, some 70 percent of the "high impact epidemics" around the world occurred in countries that are "deeply fragile and vulnerable." He said the health security of the world is "threatened by the fact that there are not strong surveillance and response systems in place in these fragile settings. That's a threat to the people in those areas. And that's a threat to the world." CGTN's Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Haiti Liberté English language Editor Kim Ives ahout how COVID-19 is straining the Caribbean nation's unstable economy.