Even as 2020, has been agreed to be the worst year on record, measuring the loss of life, pandemic and economic destruction it is near to end, hope is ushered across masses that the beginning of a new era 2021 could be technologically and economically sustainable for life across the globe.
But with the recent warning given by UN agency, the arrival of 2021 has spurred the fear and panic of the times unknown and obscure.
World could face multiple famines of biblical proportions due to COVID-19:
The head of the World Food Programme says the Nobel Peace Prize has given the UN agency a spotlight and megaphone to warn world leaders that next year is going to be worse than this year, and without billions of dollars “we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in 2021.”
Even as Holy Scriptures prophesy the End Of Days, COVID-19 is bringing a plague of dangerous doomsday predictions and asserting to it the head of the World Food Program, David Beasley cautioned that, “We were able to avert it in 2020.. because the world leaders responded with money, stimulus packages, deferral of debt.”
But with COVID-19 surging, indicating waves of raging return, the already devastated economies and it’s burden wrecked poor communities around the world are repeatedly signalling clear and urgent signs of the rise of a global hunger pandemic.
Beasley stated that, the money that was available in 2020 won’t be available in 2021 and the discourse of tragedy that we face today may likely go to be extraordinary over the next 12 to 18 months.
The pandemic being an add on to the ongoing conflicts, spiraling inequality, and an escalating climate crisis, the emergence of Coronavirus has shaken an already shattered food system by its foundations, leaving millions on the brink of starvation.
As per revelations of analysis carried out in the month of October, 20 countries are likely to face potential spikes in acute food insecurity in the next three to six months.
Of those, certain areas in Yemen, South Sudan, North Eastern Nigeria and Burkina Faso have reached the tipping point of a critical hunger situation following years of conflicts and other shocks.
Beasley, likened the upcoming crisis to the modern-day Titanic and urged world leaders to focus on icebergs, the icebergs of famine, starvation, destabilization and migration which may befall lives in times to come.
Giving clear warnings, David Beasley cited that along with a global health pandemic the world is facing a global humanitarian catastrophe and if not prepared and acted right soon we could be facing multiple famines of biblical proportions within a short few months.
Unemployment will spike to 35% leading to 135 million people losing their jobs:
Countries’ initial unemployment response to the COVID-19 crisis has varied starkly, According to a report by Arthur D Little, an international management consulting firm, about 120 million Indians may be staring at poverty and 40 million at abject poverty. About 135 million jobs may be lost, leading to a total of about 174 million unemployed in the country.
Perceiving that the pandemic fallouts will test hard the countries endurance for months if not years to come, an economist at Goldman Sachs foresees a bumpy road ahead of a prosperous year.
With virus infections reaccelerating and finances drying up, the trajectory of the global economy is all set to see a dip first, the pace of recovery is likely to get worse before it gets better.
COVID-19 to add in as many as 150 million extreme poor by 2021:
According to reports by the World Bank, Global extreme poverty is expected to rise in 2020 for the first time in over 20 years as COVID-19 disruptions compounds the forces of conflict and climate change, which were already slowing the poverty reduction progress.
The COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to push an additional 88 million to 115 million people into extreme poverty, with the total rising to as many as 150 million by 2021.
Depending upon the severity of the economic contraction, both the pandemic and global recession may cause over 1.4% of the world’s population to fall into extreme poverty.
COVID-19 restrictions may get tougher with course of time and spread:
As Coronavirus infections trend upward major cities across the globe are heading towards lockdowns, New York and Paris are among several major cities reimposing lockdown measures amid a sharp increase in daily coronavirus cases.
The United States has witnessed shattering records as the virus has killed more than 1,000 Americans a day in the past week, a toll that would shock the nation, were it not for the fact that people were dying twice as fast in April, when cure was less known.
As cities worldwide are going back into lockdowns, measures to target coronavirus may get tougher, placing in stricter restrictions in the days to come.
Bill Gates Says Things Will Get Worse Before They Get Better:
Bill Gates who had previously predicted that the world would face a pandemic, when asked for a timeline to beat COVID-19 stated that between now and the end of the year, things are going to get worse.
He believes that the pandemic won’t be entirely eliminated until it is brought to defeat from every nook and cranny of the world hinting that it has to get worse before the world limps back to normalcy.
With the happenings and predictions around it is the need of the hour that world leaders put forth a united front in mobilising actions that make a world difference and a dire need of responsibility in masses across the globe to act right in fixing the roof of the world before it gets too late.
– Marilyn Ravi, NMTV News