The head of one of the worlds largest aid groups says he expects the coronavirus health crisis will have a major effect on migration for years to come.
Jagan Chapagain leads the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.He told the French news agency AFP "people will feel compelled to move" when borders open because of lost jobs and food insecurity.
There are more than 15.5 million coronavirus infections worldwide, reports Johns Hopkins University in the United States.It adds that more than 633,000 of those infected have died.
The United States continues to lead the world with more than 4 million cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.Johns Hopkins reports that Brazil is second, with more than 2 million cases, followed by India with more than 1 million.
The increase in new infections forced many U.S. businesses to close or cut back.There was also a sharp increase in the number of U.S. workers who asked the government for financial aid.The Department of Labor reported that about 1.4 million workers have been hurt by business closures and asked for unemployment assistance.
In a report, the United Nations Development Program proposed that the worlds poorest people be given money to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The report suggested spending $199 billion every month on such a program.The money would go to 2.7 billion people living below or just above the poverty line in 132 developing countries.It would enable them "to buy food and pay for health and education expenses," the report said.
Im Susan Shand.