October 9, 2020, 05.03 PM

The outlook for the world has grown even bleaker this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to earnings losses, made food more expensive and disrupted supply chains.

"The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a strong upsurge in the number of victims of hunger in the world," the Nobel committee said.

"In countries such as Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan and Burkina Faso, the combination of violent conflict and the pandemic has led to a dramatic rise in the number of people living on the brink of starvation," it said.

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In April, Beasley raised the alarm, saying: "We could be facing multiple famines of biblical proportions within a short few months."

The global recession caused by the virus risks pushing an additional 83 to 132 million people into hunger, the UN said in a report published in mid-July.

This is the 12th time the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to the UN, one of its agencies or personalities — more than any other laureate.

Read also: Greta Thunberg a Top Contender to Win Nobel Peace Prize

The virus will also affect the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on December 10 in Oslo, which has been scaled back due to corona restrictions.

The award consists of a gold medal, a diploma and a cheque for 10 million Swedish kronor (€950,000, $1.1 million). 

(Writer: Pierre-Henry Deshayes) 

Source: http://u.afp.com/3KdQ 

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