World leaders to hold crisis talks as virus toll tops 21,000

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Madrid: World leaders are holding online crisis negotiations on Thursday about a coronavirus pandemic, which has forced 3 billion people to block and claimed more than 21,000 lives.

As the disease spreads at an alarming rate worldwide, warnings about the economic consequences are mounting and experts say they are doing more damage than the Great Depression.

In a debate over the blame of China and United States leaders, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on the world to take joint action to stop this threat.

“COVID-19 threatens humanity as a whole and humanity must fight back,” said Guterres. He called for $ 2 billion to help the world’s poor.

“Global action and solidarity are essential,” he said. “A single country response is not enough.”

The number of deaths from the virus in China further increased at the end of last year, and the United States became the sixth country to reach four-digit numbers.

According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, it is now known that at least 1,041 people have died in the United States, nearly 70,000 people have been diagnosed, and the number of people infected worldwide is close to 500,000.

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