United Nations: The poverty rate in Iraq has increased by 10% since the Corona invasion
11:05 - 27/08/2020
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The United Nations envoy to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Jeanine Hennes Plasschaert, confirmed that poverty in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] increased by 10 percent due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
"The Iraqi government has implemented strict measures to contain the spread of Corona virus since the outbreak of the disease, but the rate of infected cases is increasing on a daily basis, as [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] recorded 211947 cases of infection, while at least 6596 people died after infection," the British newspaper The National stated in a report translated by the agency .
"Food consumption is insufficient for more than three million Iraqis," Blashardt said in a Security Council briefing. "More than 11 million school and university students across [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] have disrupted their studies and gender-based violence has multiplied."
The report added that "the rapid spread of the virus has exacerbated economic deprivation and the provision of social services, while the United Nations envoy urged the government to carry out economic and financial reforms of great importance to ensure [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] ability to build sustainable solutions and local flexibility."
Plasschaert explained that “economic problems are not far from humanitarian concerns. It is expected that [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] will witness a decrease of 9.7 percent in GDP and corruption is still rampant, and its economic cost is untold as it continues to steal much-needed resources from Iraqis every day, undermining Investor confidence.
It is noteworthy that “the country's health system, which has been exhausted by years of war and weak investment, is overwhelmed by the increasing numbers of infected people, and protective equipment, respirators and even hospital beds have become scarce, forcing the authorities to convert exhibition centers, stadiums and hotels into wards and detention centers for Coronavirus.” End / 25 z