Business • Economy
World Bank: further 150 million people face extreme poverty by 2020
World Bank Headquarters, 2013
World Bank Headquarters, 2013 Credit: World Bank (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 150 million people into poverty by 2022, living on less than $1.90 a day, the World Bank said Wednesday. The number is depending on the severity of the economic impact of Coronavirus. Regions most affected will be countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Poverty will also affect more educated and urban residents.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
United Kingdom announces "Covid summer food fund" after celebrity campaign
Marcus Rashford, FIFA World Cup 2018
Marcus Rashford, FIFA World Cup 2018 Credit: Oleg Bkhambri (Voltmetro) / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

After a public campaign by Manchester United's player Marcus Rashford, the spokesperson of prime minister Boris Johnson has stated that "the prime minister welcomes Marcus Rashford’s contribution to the debate around poverty, and respects the fact that he has been using his profile as a sportsman to highlight important issues". This came after Boris Johnson had announced that the food program providing free school meals would be extended over the summer at a cost of £120m. The program had previously been extended over the Easter break and every entitled family would receive a voucher at the end of the term over £15 per week that can be spent in supermarkets.

Regional News • Africa
Sudan: Citizens demand lift of lockdown

Sudanese people demand the government to lift the lockdown. The population is battling famine and poverty. Government aids have failed to appear because of "technical issues". Sudan extended the lockdown until June 18th. Sudanese car mechanic Mohamed Othman: "We demand that the lockdown is lifted immediately so that we can get on with our lives because hunger is worse than corona."