Situational Analysis and Strategy
On 31 December 2019, the Government of China reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, the Capital City of Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was identified in January 2020 (2019 n-COV). Since then, 81,008 cases have been reported in China with 3,255 deaths (as of 20 March 2020). While the rest of the world is grappling with dealing with the virus, China has shown signs of successfully containing the virus and moving to the recovery phase.
With support of the Central Government and the UN system including UNDP, China has set a poverty reduction target to eliminate extreme rural poverty by the end of 2020. While the impact of COVID -19 is still being assessed, initial data shows that the 5.5 million poor and the 11.1 million people just above poverty line are the most impacted and vulnerable.
Hubei Province, due to being the epicenter of COVID-19, was the most impacted. The province has 24 counties, 12 major cities, and is home to 59.02 million people. In 2019 Hubei ranked 7th in China for GDP. Also as of 2019, there were 17 counties designated as Poverty Counties.
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