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News in Brief 19 September 2022

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Older Persons and COVID-19: Policy Brief

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) on the Launch of the Policy Brief on Older Persons
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world. 
The fatality rate for older people is higher overall, and for those over 80, it is five times the global average. 
Beyond its immediate health impact, the pandemic is putting older people at greater risk of poverty, discrimination and isolation. It is likely to have a particularly devastating impact on older people in developing countries.