UN: COVID hitting poor and conflict nations worse this year

Paska Itwari Beda, the young mother of five children, shares a meal with her family at her Juba, South Sudan home, Thursday, May 27, 2021. The young mother of five children - all of them under age 10 - sometimes survives on one bowl of porridge a day, and her entire family is lucky to scrape together a single daily meal, even with much of the money Beda makes cleaning offices going toward food. (AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)

UNITED NATIONS — The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting conflict-ridden and impoverished countries much worse this year than in 2020, with many facing higher caseloads and rising deaths, the U.N.’s deputy humanitarian chief warned Monday.