The World Health Organization warned of possible food shortages in some countries due to global travel restrictions in place to limit the spread of coronavirus.
WHO raised the concern on Friday following a meeting of its emergency committee, which reconvened to update its coronavirus guidance. The WHO urged countries to coordinate to safely reopen transport links and ensure food is delivered.
“The WHO has grave concerns about what will happen when the pandemic accelerates in countries with weaker” health and food-distribution systems, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. He didn’t name any countries at risk.
The WHO committee has issued several recommendations—as countries develop strategies for an eventual return to normal travel—designed to mitigate the disruption of food supplies to what the panel refers to as vulnerable countries. As of Saturday, there have been 3.9 million cases confirmed globally in 187 countries and regions, with more than 238,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.