As Saturday marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the United Nations (UN) says that the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing millions into extreme poverty and is undermining efforts to eradicate poverty by 2030.

The day has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated the day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.

Fighting poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals.

In April Oxfam said that the fallout from the coronavirus spread could push around half a billion people into poverty.

The UN says the pandemic demands solidarity and strong collective action.