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Human development on track to decline for first time

Global human development -- a measure encompassing health, education and living standards -- appears likely to decline for the first time since the concept was introduced in 1990 because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from the United Nations Development Programme. The consequences of the coronavirus have set back school enrollment around the world by four decades, and the disease has surpassed suicide, malaria, road traffic accidents and HIV/AIDS as a cause of death.

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