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Support for Burkina Faso and Niger has been approved by the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) executive board under its Rapid Credit Facility, to help the West African nations confront the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In statements released late on Tuesday, the IMF said the board had approved a $115 million disbursement for Burkina Faso and another $114 million for Niger.

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The International Rescue Committee has published a report into the possible impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in countries already facing a humanitarian crisis.

The report considered South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, countries where nearly half (46%) of people already lack access to basic health services

Covid-19 is in the early stages of spreading to less developed and fragile countries, which means there is still time to mount a coordinated response that can ease suffering today and guard against dangerous secondary impacts tomorrow.

But the time to act is now.

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