Impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities & other topics – Daily Briefing (5 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Highlights:
COVID/disability
Displaced children
Global Compact
Libya
Brazil
DRC
Ecuador
Yemen
Burundi
Afghanistan
Honduras
Plastics/Asia

SECRETARY-GENERAL
Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will launch his latest COVID-19 policy brief. This one will look at the impact of the virus pandemic on the world’s 1 billion people with disabilities.
The policy brief highlights how people with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty and experience higher rates of violence, neglect and abuse.
It also looks at how the pandemic is intensifying these inequalities — and producing new threats.

UNICEF
The UN Children’s Fund sais today that an estimated 19 million children – more than ever before – were displaced in their own countries due to conflict and violence, that’s in 2019.
The agency warned that, as COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, these children are among the most vulnerable to its direct and indirect impacts.
The UN Children’s Fund noted that internally displaced children often cannot access basic services and are at risk of exposure to violence, exploitation, abuse and trafficking, as well as child labour, child marriage and family separation.

Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=05%20May%202020

In This Story: Covid-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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