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UN Chief asks countries in conflicts to ceasefire

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

03rd Apr, 2020. 11:46 pm
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday improved his call for a global ceasefire.

Guterres urges all parties to conflict to lay down arms and allow war-torn nations to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

The UN chief said, in a virtual press conference, “We know the pandemic is having profound social, economic and political consequences, including relating to international peace and security.”

He told reporters, “Religious leaders – including Pope Francis – have added their moral voice in support of a global ceasefire, as have citizens through grassroots mobilization online.”

Coronavirus pandemic-Greatest test since World War II, UN

Earlier, UN Secretary António Guterres has threatened that the current coronavirus coronavirus is the biggest challenge for the world since World War II.

UN Secretary has said it could led to recession “that probably has no parallel in the recent past”.

He said this while speaking at the launch of a UN report on the potential socioeconomic impact of coronavirus outbreak.

Globally, there are 860,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, more than 42,000 people have died.

US has reported more than 4,000 deaths, higher than that of China from where the virus originated.

The data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows that more than 189,000 people in America have been infected.

On the other hand, Spain has recorded 849 deaths in the last 24 hours-the highest number in a single day in Spain.

Apart from that, a total of 1,789 people have lost their lives due to Covid-19 in the UK.

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