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Hard Numbers: Women at risk, Dutch flowers dumped, Saudis expel Ethiopian migrants, coronavirus origin poll

Hard Numbers: Women at risk, Dutch flowers dumped, Saudis expel Ethiopian migrants, coronavirus origin poll

30: Around 30 percent of Americans surveyed by Pew in recent days say the novel coronavirus was manufactured in a lab, either on purpose or accidentally. Scientific studies of the virus say this is not true.


90: While social distancing and quarantines help to curb the coronavirus' spread, they have also endangered women, particularly in Latin America, who are cooped up at home with abusive partners or family members. In Colombia, calls to domestic violence hotlines are up 90 percent since the government first called for mandatory lockdowns. In Mexico, calls are up 60 percent.

400 million: As demand for plants and flowers dries up amid coronavirus closures, Dutch flower growers have had to dump around 400 million tulips in the past month alone. March through May is usually the most lucrative season for the Netherlands' booming flower industry, which now stands to lose around 7 billion euros.

3,000: Saudi Arabia has recently deported around 3,000 Ethiopian migrants to Addis Ababa after some tested positive for COVID-19. Saudi Arabia, which has long-been a popular destination for Ethiopian migrants, has been condemned by the UN for these large-scale deportations, which, the UN refugee agency says, will only spread the virus further.

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