A divided world has didn’t rise to the problem of preventing the Covid-19 pandemic, U.N. Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres mentioned on Saturday and warned concerted motion was wanted to forestall tens of millions of individuals being pushed into poverty and starvation.
The previous Portuguese prime minister mentioned much more might have been completed if international locations had labored collectively to fight the illness, which has killed a couple of million folks.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is a serious international problem for the complete worldwide neighborhood, for multilateralism and for me, as secretary-general of the United Nations,” Guterres informed Portuguese information company Lusa.
“Sadly it’s a check that, to this point, the worldwide neighborhood is failing.”
He mentioned that if coordinated measures weren’t taken, “a microscopic virus might push tens of millions of individuals into poverty and starvation, with devastating financial results within the years to return”.
Guterres additionally criticised international locations for a scarcity of unity in attempting to unravel different international challenges together with the conflicts in Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria.
“It’s a supply of huge frustration,” he mentioned.
Greater than 39 million folks have been contaminated by Covid-19, in response to a Reuters tally primarily based on official disclosures.
Infections have been reported in additional than 210 international locations and territories for the reason that first instances had been recognized in China in December 2019.