Coronavirus is a global health concern and every country is making extensive effort to combat the pandemic. However, a new report shows that some countries and communities are not equipped with the necessary resources to treat COVID-19. This includes access to electricity and clean cooking facilities.
The report, issued by the World Bank, said that nearly 790 million people around the world don’t have access to electricity – as of 2018.
Clean cooking is another factor that creates an obstacle against the treatment of the virus. Health experts say that unsanitary food is one of the biggest ‘spreader’ of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the report shows that 2.8 billion people in the world or 36% of the global population don’t have the facility of clean cooking. The numbers are down from 3 billion in 2010 – however, it is still a substantial figure that is deprived of a basic necessity.
The findings of the report also show that energy consumption from renewable sources continues to remain low – despite the advances in technology. For those who don’t have access to electricity and clean cooking, renewable energy could help them safely acquire the essential resources. However, the high costs of renewable energy have prevented many from obtaining the facility.
The below infographic shows the number of people around the world without basic resources.Statista