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UN Chief: Coronavirus Is Biggest Global Crisis Since WWII
Thursday, 2 April 2020 17:17 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the coronavirus pandemic is the most challenging global crisis since World War II.

"It is a combination, on one hand, of a disease that represents a threat to everybody in the world and, second, because it has an economic impact that will bring a recession that probably has no parallel in the recent past, he said at a virtual news conference late Tuesday.

He called for the world™s wealthier nations to expand the lending capacity of the International Monetary Fund to assist poorer countries as they confront the spread of the virus.

Guterres acknowledged that developed countries like the United States were facing grave concerns in dealing with the virus.

But he said, œLet us remember that we are only as strong as the weakest health system in our interconnected world. He warned that if the coronavirus was left unchecked in the developing world, it would soon spread again across the globe.

He said that when the crisis ends, the global socioeconomic order needs to change.

œEverything we do during and after this crisis must be with a strong focus on building more equal, inclusive and sustainable economies and societies that are more resilient in the face of pandemics, climate change and the many other global challenges we face, he said.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday that he was œdeeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection.

He said there had been œnear exponential growth in the pandemic in the last five weeks. Tedros said the number of deaths had more than doubled in the past week, and he predicted that the number of confirmed cases soon would reach 1 million and the death toll would hit 50,000.

Source : VOA

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