UN chief urges all govts to immediately ‘scale up’ virus fight


United Nations: The head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, urged governments around the world to increase their response to the new coronavirus as soon as possible so that they have an opportunity to stop its spread.

“Today s declaration of a pandemic is a call to action – for everyone, everywhere,” the secretary general said in a statement.

“We can still change the course of this pandemic — but that means addressing inaction,” he said. “I call on every government to step up and scale up their efforts — now.”

“The best science tells us, if countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response, we can go a long way to mitigating transmission,” Guterres said.

His call echoed previous calls from the World Health Organization. The World Health Organization officially declared the pandemic a pandemic on Wednesday, attributing its spread and severity to “a level of inactivity warning”.

Guterres said the announcement of the pandemic was “also a responsibility and a call for unity between the nation and the people.”

“As we fight the virus, we cannot let fear go viral.”

“As we mourn all those who have lost their lives and the many families who are suffering, we must show solidarity with the most vulnerable — the elderly, the sick, those without reliable healthcare, and those on the edge of poverty.”

The UN Security Council has cut its schedule for March to prevent a pandemic and has postponed its main meeting outside the Security Council.

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