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Covid-19 may push 86 mn children into household poverty by 2020-end: Report

The deadly virus has so far infected 5,695,290 people and claimed 355,692 lives globally, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University.

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The total number of children living below the national poverty line in low and middle-income countries could reach 672 million by year-end

The number of children living in poor households across low and middle-income countries could increase by 86 million to reach 672 million by the end of 2020 due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study.

The deadly virus has so far infected 5,695,290 people and claimed 355,692 lives globally, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University.

"The economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic could push up to 86 million more children into household poverty by the end of 2020, an increase of 15 per cent," said the study conducted jointly by the UNICEF and humanitarian organisation Save the Children.

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First Published: May 28 2020 | 8:44 PM IST

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