Hard Numbers: Chickens on the brink of death!

80: El Salvador has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, with one woman murdered on average every three days in 2019, and 80 percent of those crimes go unpunished. The recent high-profile murder of a Salvadoran journalist by her boyfriend prompted the government to declare femicide a national emergency.


300 million: The isolation of China's Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus, is pushing its flock of more than 300 million chickens to the "edge of death," the region's poultry association said. Blocking transport in and out of Hubei has disrupted crucial shipments of animal feed supplies, and if this trend continues, most farms in the province will likely run out by the end of the week.

600: As Islamist violence continues to cripple Africa's Sahel region, France announced the deployment of 600 more soldiers to the Sahel, adding to the 4,500 French troops already stationed there. The reinforcements will deploy primarily to areas along the borders of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, which jihadists have used as launchpads for attacks.

6: Turkey launched fatal airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad's forces in northwestern Syria Monday, after six Turkish soldiers were killed by Syrian shelling in Idlib province. Russia, a major backer of the Assad regime, said it wasn't warned about the retaliation – Turkey says Russia shouldn't stand in the way anyway.

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We've written recently about how the COVID-19 pandemic will hit poorer countries particularly hard. But the burden of the virus' spread also falls more heavily on working class people even in wealthy countries, particularly in Europe and the United States. This is exacerbating the divide between rich and poor that had already upended the political establishment in countries around the world even before anyone had heard of a "novel coronavirus."

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Meet Mark Wetton, a Kentucky-based businessman who owns a dust-collection factory in Wuhan. He has been there since the beginning of the outbreak, and describes the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak there, life in lockdown, and what things are like today as the city finally begins to reopen its borders and come back to life. He also shares some lessons learned that he hopes Americans will heed.

The coronavirus is likely to hit poorer countries particularly hard, but it is also laying a bigger burden on working class people even in wealthy ones. As less affluent people suffer disproportionately not only from the disease, but also from the economic costs of containing it, we can expect a worsening of income inequalities that have already upended global politics over the past few years. Here is a look at inequality in some of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 so far.

500 million: The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could plunge 500 million people into poverty, according to a new report released by Oxfam. As incomes and economies continue to contract, global poverty will increase for the first time in 30 years, the report predicts, undermining many of the gains of globalization that have pulled millions out of poverty in recent years.

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