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The pandemic COVID-19 has caused a decrease in employment in Colombia, 25 percent of Colombians are unemployed due to the health crisis that has kicked the country since last year.

In 2019 Peru was the 5th best economy in Latin-American but at the same time my country was one of those invested the least in public health. The government invested only 3.3% of GDP. To put it in context, in Chile, a neighboring country, they invested a 5% of GPD in health. Two years later we realize corruption is more dangerous than any virus.

according to the statistics in the year 2020, the number of social media users, especially facebook and instgram, in the UK is on increase: roughtly 45 million active social media users, that means rate 66% of population.The majority ist adults,37 million.

It is only the beggining of 2021 and Brazil is already facing a "second wave" of the virus. Cases are rising around 50% over the last two weeks and the hospital beds are at 90% of occupation.
Brazilians are still waiting for a vaccine to come, but the government has no certain date to start immunizing people, saying just "late January/early February".

About tech skills most in demand for the future, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are highly demanded tech skills. Hiring growth for AI specialists has increased over the past few years, it has grown 74% anually over the past 4 years. According to McKinsey, 49% of companies are currently exploring or planning to use machine learning, which makes it one of the most profitable skills you can learn. Skills related to data science and analytics are consistently in demand tech skills as well, in fact, 84% of enterprises have launched advanced analytics and Big Data initiatives to accelerate their decision-making and bring greater accuracy.

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Since I can remember our country has always had high unemployment averages, before the pandemic percentage had double digits around 10.9%.
And now at least 4 millions of Colombian don't have an employ, due quarantine unemployment has reached 20 per cent and in some cities it is about 30 per cent.
Just to open the economy again doesn't fix those issues.
All this affects the demand overall, not just for people who don't have money to buy due to his unemployment condition insead people which reduce his demand for fear of losing his current job.
The government has established new laws to try to increase the employability and reduce the hit to the economy left by covid but are not enough.

The number of patients contracting the Covid-19 virus is continuously increasing in countries like USA, Philippines and Brazil. Due to the rigorous stages of vaccine testing, the earliest is expected to be released on April 2021. But this poses another question: when will this vaccine reach third-world country like the Philippines and Brazil? For this reason, scientists speculates that herd immunity can possibly stop the spread of the virus. However, this will require 66% or one-third of the country's population (or local) to be positive of the disease.

The presidential election has been held in 2016, and the government has offered several polling stations in each region. The voter turnout before the election was presented and their purposes of parties. The Group of Demographics for voting will include from 16 to 100 age

The victims of drug trafficking since 2006, with the war on drugs to the present 250 thousand people have died, registered, in 2006 the rate was 10.89 homicides per 100 thousand inhabitants, when his term ended, the rate doubled with Enrique peña and followed the same path.

Investigating more on the subject, we find that in Mexico 41.9% of the population is in poverty and 7.4 in extreme poverty, that is from 2008 to 2018, that means 52.4 million people are in poverty and 9.3 million of people in extreme poverty.
To this we add that 6.9% of the population is vulnerable due to income.
awareness and action are needed on this issue.