Conflict-affected countries are likely to be among the worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Violence in these countries has displaced millions of people, many of whom live in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, which are fertile environments for viruses to spread. Years of conflict have compromised or destroyed health services and decimated economies. With no social safety nets, displaced people are particularly vulnerable to the socio-economic impact of government measures to contain the pandemic.
On 23 March 2020, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire so that the world could focus on a concerted attempt to combat the rapidly spreading pandemic. While a few warring parties have expressed support for the call, most have not, and conflict and violence have continued unabated in many places.
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