Coronavirus has condemned billions of people to poverty for more than a decade

Coronavirus has condemned billions of people to poverty for more than a decade

 Oxfam anti-poverty organization announced, Monday, that the Covid-19 crisis is exacerbating inequality in the world, with the rapidly increasing wealth of the rich and the likelihood that the poorest will need years to break out of poverty.

In a report entitled "The Virus of Inequality," the organization warned that this is the first time since the inception of statistics and records, that inequality is rising in almost every country at the same time, in the shadow of the pandemic.

The report said, "The thousand richest people on the planet compensated for their losses due to Covid-19 in nine months, but it may take more than a decade for the poorest people in the world to recover."

Oxfam also highlighted the inequality, even in the impact of the virus on people and groups, as ethnic minorities in some countries suffer from higher mortality rates, and the economic sectors most affected by the epidemic are those in which women are largely represented.

The report was published to coincide with the start of the Davos Virtual Forum for the World Economy, during which a whole week will be devoted to helping leaders devise solutions to curb the epidemic and strongly revive economies next year.

Oxfam noted in its report that achieving more equitable economies is the key to a rapid economic recovery.

According to calculations conducted by Oxfam, the imposition of a temporary tax on the excess profits made by 32 global companies during the period of the epidemic, which would have contributed to the collection of 104 billion dollars in 2020, an amount sufficient to secure unemployment benefits for all workers in middle and low-income countries, in addition to financial support for children. And the elderly.

"Combating inequality should be at the heart of rescue and economic recovery efforts" by financing public services through a tax system in which wealthier individuals and companies pay their fair share, said Gabriella Boucher, Oxfam International´s CEO.