Oxfam have warned that the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic reaction around the World could result in more deaths than from the virus itself.
Danny Sriskandarajah, chief executive of Oxfam GB, said:
“The knock-on impacts of COVID-19 are far more widespread than the virus itself, pushing millions of the world’s poorest people deeper into hunger and poverty.”
I warned about this from the beginning of the pandemic, it was an inevitable side effect from the ridiculous measures around the World that have been enforced.
I would go as far to say that the number of deaths caused by the measures taken will be significantly higher than COVID-19 deaths, if not double or triple the death toll from the virus itself.
Oxfam are referring to the 150 million people on the brink of starvation, but then consider the effects globally on unemployment, which will ultimately lead to an epidemic in addictions, mental health and suicides.
Add to this the number at risk from other diseases which have not been able to get the treatment they require due to the pandemic reaction. As we reported earlier this week, in the UK alone scientists warn that as many as 35,000 cancer patients could die unnecessarily due to the lack of treatment throughout the pandemic.
Scientists suggest there could be at least 7,000 additional deaths – but in a worst case scenario that number could be as high as 35,000.
There are concerns routine screenings, urgent referrals and treatments have been delayed or cancelled.
Will we get rolling coverage of the fallout from Covid-19, of course not, these numbers will not be televised.