UN calls for aid funds to help fight coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020

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UN calls for aid funds to help fight coronavirus

New York (USA), Mar 26: The United Nations has called for aid funds that would help countries and regions without proper health care fight the new coronavirus.
The world body on Wednesday announced a plan to implement measures worth 2 billion dollars over the next nine months to contain the spread of the virus.
The plan is to be carried out in places such as refugee camps and developing countries in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and South America, where medical care is insufficient.
It aims to supply test kits and medical equipment, set up handwashing and disinfection facilities, launch public information campaigns and establish hubs for UN officials and air workers.
The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has noted that the epicenter of the outbreak may shift from developed countries to the developing world.
He said what is most worrying is the danger the virus poses to people already affected by conflict, climate crisis or disease outbreaks.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the coronavirus is "menacing the whole of humanity -- and so the whole of humanity must fight back."
He added individual country responses are not going to be enough and called for financial aid to provide urgent support to developing countries.
Source: NHK World