Hunger Could Kill Millions More than COVID-19

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  • Millions of people could die of hunger caused by the coronavirus pandemic, causing more deaths from shortage of food than from the virus itself, Oxfam warns
  • Oxfam notes the coronavirus pandemic has led to closed borders, travel restrictions, and financial losses that has stifled food supplies, especially in developing countries
  • As a result of these restrictions, 1 million more people are closer to famine in countries like Afghanistan, bringing a total of 3.5 million people to the brink of famine in the country
  • Oxfam said that up to 12,000 people could die every day globally from hunger, which is 2,000 more than the number that has died from COVID-19 every day since May
  • The charity identified Yemen, DR Congo, Venezuela, Syria, South Sudan, and Haiti as the most vulnerable to deaths from food shortage