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Algeria: WFP Regional Bureau for the Middle East, North Africa (MENA), Central Asia Eastern Europe COVID-19 Situation Report #12, 17 – 30 July 2020

Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen Source: World Food Programme Please refer to the attached file. Highlights: As of 11 August, there were 989,812 reported cases of COVID-19 within the countries in which WFP is active in the region. There has been a 13 percent increase in cases over the last two weeks (28 July 11 August) and a 39 percent increase in cases over the last month (11 July 11 August). According to a recent WFP analysis, pressure on food prices remains high in the countries of the region that have been facing economic crises even before COVID-19 pandemic. The market status in Lebanon, Sudan and Syria is at crisis level and the cost of the food basket in these countries more than doubled since June 2019. WFP supply chain continues to respond to partners requests for assistance, while monitoring and mitigating the affect the emergency is having on operations. Livelihood activities are gradually resuming in countries such as Iraq and Lebanon where the governments have begun easing restrictions. WFP is recommencing activities while adhering to strict health safety measures. A total of USD 1.48 billion is required for the region for the next six months (August 2020 to January 2021). This represents 58 percent of the total WFP requirements for the same period (of USD 2.55 billion).


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