New York: The United Nations (UN) chief warned that the damage from the coronavirus pandemic could not be undone for many years or rather decades. He also highlighted that the COVID-19 had intensified severity of crisis such as famine, poverty and recession. Furthermore, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that a few countries had ignored guidance from international organisations and its adverse consequences surfaced later. The coronavirus pandemic has infected nearly 65 million people across the globe while the disease has claimed the lives of 1.5 million.
Many nations are now facing a second wave of the virus. The second wave has hit most countries in America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, where the number of cases is sharply rising. Last week, the global figure reached 60 million. The next seven days recorded a staggering 5 million patients. The UN chief’s warning is significant, considering recent events.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned against the consequences of the coronavirus as he said, ‘It’s foolish to believe a vaccine can undo the damage from the global pandemic that will last for years or even decades. Poverty is rising, and famine is likely to become severe in many nations. The world is also facing the biggest recession so far. Inequalities and climate change are aggravating and becoming more extensive.’
Guterres underscored that the economic crisis is hitting hard several of the low and middle-income countries, and they are torn between having to choose to repay their debts or provide essential services. Further, the UN chief asserted that the nations require financial assistance on an urgent basis. Nevertheless, he expressed satisfaction at the participation of over 180 countries in the program to make vaccines available to all.
Meanwhile, according to the John Hopkins University of Medicine, the total number of coronavirus cases worldwide has surged to 65,169,104 while the global death toll stands at 1,505,527. The pandemic is extensively spreading in American, European and Latin American nations. Most of the European countries have imposed a lockdown once again, and even in the US, big counties have announced stricter lockdown restrictions.