Covid-19 crisis

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Nimra Naeem
C0VlD-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.Most people who fall sick with C0VID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.It was first identified amid an outbreak of respiratory illness cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.In less than six months C0VID-19 has resulted in dramatic changes across the globe, with 8.1 million confirmed infections and over 439,000 deaths.Countries have focused their immediate concerns on addressing the challenge posed by the large number of those infected who need hospitalisation.Other responses have included utilizing ‘social distancing’, increasing hospital capacity and investing in the development of diagnostics, therapeutics and avaccine.  Even with this intensity of focused attention across the world,much remains unknown about the epidemiology of C0VID-19.20 .  .Scenarios provide an inclusive and strategic framework that enables big- picture thinking and supports decision- making under uncertainty. Scenarios are designed to be used as a set to explore and navigate what might happen,not what should happen. They help to stress test and design strategic and policy options and facilitate a better-quality strategic dialogue on the future of energy systems. While it is impossible to predict the future of energy,we can prepare and shape what comes after crisis. The Council promotes and uses plausibility-based C0VID-19 crisis scenarios to prompt leadership conversation on reallocation of investments, exit strategies and a possible new integrated policy path to enable orderly global energy transition as the world emerges from crisis. We recognise this moment as unique in recent history an opportunity to direct investments to global energy transition and to design strategies and policy paths to securing clean, affordable, reliable and equitable energy for all.This time last year, concepts such as “lockdowns,” “mask mandates” and “social distance. Today they are part of our everyday language as the C0VID-19 pandemic continues to impact all aspects of our lives. Through the following 12charts and graphics,we try to quantify and provide an overview of our colleagues’ research in the face of a truly unprecedented crisis. This economic fallout is hampering countries’ability to respond effectively to the pandemic’s health and economic effects. Even before the spread of C0VID-19,almost half of alllow-income countries we real ready in debt distress or at a high risk of it,leaving them with little fiscal room to help the poor and vulnerable who were hit hardest. The pandemic hashighlighted the need for effective,accessible and affordable health care.Even before the crisis began,people in developing countries paid over half a trillion dollars out-of-pocket for health care. This costly spending causes financial hardship for more than 900 million people and pushes nearly 90 million people into extreme poverty every year — a dynamic almost certainly exacerbated by the pandemic.heaIth care is just one way that C0VID-19 is affecting countries’human capital.Even before the pandemic, the world faced a learning crisis,with 53% of children in Iow-and middle-income countries unable to read a basic text on completing primary school. Pandemic-led school closures intensify these risks.