UN-Habitat’s key messages on COVID-19 and housing

As COVID-19 spreads around the world, billions of people have been told to stay at home. However, this simple preventative public health measure is impossible for people who live in homelessness, or in unsafe or overcrowded housing.

It is estimated that around 1.8 billion people, or more than 20 percent of the world’s population, lack adequate housing. These figures include around 1 billion people living in informal settlements or slums.

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