The spread of a new Coronavirus mutation has led to a dramatic increase in the number of new infections in India over the past few days. In no other country in the world are so many people being infected with the virus. “The news reaching us from India is frightening. People are dying in front of hospitals because there is no capacity. There is a shortage of oxygen, intensive care beds, and medical supplies. We are doing everything we can to help right now,” said Cordula Wasser, Head of the Asia Department of Malteser International.Read more
India is a country of contrasts. Besides a few very rich people, a large part of the population lives in poverty - many without secure access to food and water. In recent years, however, India has seen great progress in the fight against poverty. According to the United Nations, about 271 million people improved their living conditions and made their way out of poverty between 2006 and 2016.
The impact of Covid-19 halted these positive developments. According to a Pew Research Center report, the number of poor people - those with incomes of less than $2 a day - would have dropped to 60 million in 2020 if not for the Corona pandemic. Instead, the economic and social impact of the pandemic is expected to result in a large increase to an estimated 134 million people below the poverty line.
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