- United Nations warned the coronavirus could trigger famines around the world
- Worldwide freeze on commerce has sent shock waves through financial markets
- World Food Programme director warned millions could be forced into starvation
- Those suffering acute hunger predicted to nearly double to 265 million this year
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
The United Nations warned the coronavirus pandemic could trigger famine as the worldwide freeze on commerce sent shock waves through financial markets.
The bleak warning came on Tuesday as deaths from the virus surpassed 174,000 worldwide, with governments anxiously trying to chart a path out of the unprecedented global health and economic emergency.
One World Food Programme director warned 'widespread famines of biblical proportions' could force millions in already vulnerable countries into starvation due to the global crisis.
The economic impact of the pandemic could lead to a 'humanitarian catastrophe,' with the number of people suffering from acute hunger projected to nearly double to 265 million this year, the UN's World Food Programme warned.