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UNICEF predicted that virus-hunger could lead to 10,000 children deaths.

In July 2020, UNICEF reported that virus-linked hunger could lead to the deaths of 10,000 more children a month during worldwide lockdown.

In July 2020, UNICEF reported that virus-linked hunger could lead to the deaths of 10,000 more children a month during worldwide lockdown. In July 2020, UNICEF published an analysis in The Lancet where it found that "6.7 million children under the age of five could suffer from wasting – and therefore become dangerously undernourished – in 2020 as a result of the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic." And 80 percent of those children were predicted to be from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and over half would be from South Asia alone. UNICEF describes wasting as "a life-threatening form of malnutrition, which makes children too thin and weak, and puts them at greater risk of dying, poor growth, development and learning."

The report further stated that "prevalence of wasting among children under the age of five could increase by 14.3 percent in low- and middle-income countries in 2020, due to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. Such an increase in child malnutrition would translate into over 10,000 additional child deaths per month with over 50 per cent of these deaths in sub-Saharan Africa."

Whether 10,000 children died in a month due to virus-hunger is currently unknown due to unavailability of data.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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