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A volunteer prepares packages of dry rations of food and commodities for low-income families in Myanmar. Photo: Shwe Paw Mya Tin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Nearly 265 million people worldwide could be pushed to starvation by the end of the year as the coronavirus pandemic strains supply chains, agricultural production and national economies, the New York Times reports.

The state of play: Measures in place to combat the illness, such as social distancing and lockdowns, have made it nearly impossible for many around the world to work and be able to feed their families.

  • Refugees and those living in conflict zones will likely be impacted the most.
  • Even before the pandemic, the UN estimated that 135 million people would struggle with food security and acute malnutrition in 2019.

The state of play: Countries have struggled with severe hunger crises before, but those were often caused by a single factor like extreme weather or political instability.

  • While they usually can rely on the developed world for assistance, that may not come as countries all over the world face a depressed global economy.

What to watch: Countries could struggle with planting, harvesting and transporting food in the coming months, severely impacting poor nations reliant on imports.

  • For example, nations in Africa and the Middle East are currently fighting a huge locust plague and could see another swarm.

Go deeper: Rising global food insecurity could exacerbate coronavirus

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Updated Oct 7, 2020 - Health

World coronavirus updates

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

Jul 31, 2020 - Health

Fauci responds to Trump's testing tweet at House coronavirus hearing

Anthony Fauci on Friday told the House's select coronavirus committee that surging infections in the U.S. were caused by several factors, including states reopening without following social-distancing guidelines.

Why it matters: He was responding directly to a tweet from President Trump, who took to the platform during the hearing to repeat his claim that the U.S. has reported the most cases in the world due to increased testing.

Mike Allen, author of AM
Jul 31, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Biden campaign vows virus focus

Joe Biden puts on a mask after a campaign event in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden's campaign contends that President Trump's talk of delaying November's election is an effort to distract, and vows to be what a Biden aide called "laser-focused" on Trump's pandemic response.

Why it matters: After aides convinced the president that the issue was hurting him badly in the polls, Trump has tried for the past two weeks to show renewed focus on the coronavirus, including the restoration of his briefings.