The UN has compared the situation with COVID 19 pandemic H1N1

MOSCOW, 24 APR – RIA Novosti. The situation with COVID-19 much worse than an outbreak of swine flu (H1N1) in 2009, and the economic consequences for the countries can be much more serious than the coronavirus, when millions of people may face hunger, said RIA Novosti head of the regional office of the world food programme (WFP), the UN relations and cooperation in the middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe Abir Etefa.

the H1N1 Pandemic lasted from January 2009 until August 2010 and affected more than 200 countries and territories. According to the world health organization, swine flu in the world died 18 449.

Atifa reminded that the current situation is considered as one of the most serious crises in health care in modern history and compared with the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, which lasted for two years. She added that the economic consequences of a pandemic could be even more significant than the virus itself, as millions of people can stand up to hunger or rules of exclusion.

“the Implications are huge for millions of people worldwide who depend on wages to feed their families. Our task is to raise people’s awareness about the crisis and the future of millions of people who will be affected,” said Etefa.

Previously the Executive Director of the world food programme (WFP) David Beazley said that if you don’t act now, the future of humanity could face a famine “of biblical proportions”. On Tuesday, the world food programme in its forecasts, said that about 130 million people worldwide by the end of 2020 will starve due to the effects of COVID-19.

Current data on the situation of COVID-19 in Russia and the world presented on the portal stopmanager.of the Russian Federation.