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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented and devastating socio-economic impacts on a global scale. While these impacts are felt by all in varying degrees of severity, COVID-19, like many other health crises, is taking its greatest toll on the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in society.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a crisis like no other the world has faced in recent decades in terms of its potential economic and social impacts. The estimation is that the pandemic could push about 49 million people into extreme poverty in 2020.

Identifying and engaging potentially affected vulnerable groups is an essential requirement for effective human rights due diligence. This is necessary in understanding how each group may be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 so that effective responses to their specific needs can be developed during this crisis. The following groups are particularly vulnerable to human rights impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic since they may be subject to heightened discrimination and exploitation, poor living conditions, or social exclusion, or they may be more acutely impacted by the pandemic than most for other reasons.

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