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24 April 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

The humanitarian and economic disaster facing poorer countries in the Global South

By Samuel Horti

It is sometimes suggested that the Global South is less prone to coronavirus than North America, Europe and China. That, writes New Statesman‘s International Editor Jeremy Cliffe in this week’s issue, is a “dangerous fallacy”.

“Even if the Global South does have benefits of climate and demographics, other countervailing factors make it more vulnerable to the spread of the virus: denser cities, poorer sanitation, less effective state machineries, more people with pre-existing conditions, weaker collective immune systems and health systems,” he writes.

In a long read about the impact of coronavirus on poorer countries, reporters on the ground help tell stories from the favela da Maré in Rio de Janeiro; from Alaknanda, a middle-class neighbourhood of Delhi in India; and from Ikeja, the capital of Nigeria’s Lagos State. The piece frames these stories within the context of a global economic crash, tumbling commodity prices and falling foreign investment. This could lead the Global South to a place “almost too grim to contemplate… but it does not have to”.

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