World leaders planned to hold online crisis talks Thursday on the coronavirus pandemic, which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said threatens “the whole of humanity.”
“COVID-19 is threatening the whole of humanity,” Guterres said as some 3 billion people remain under lockdown around the globe due to COVID-19, which has claimed over 22,000 lives.
“Global action and solidarity are crucial. Individual country responses are not going to be enough,” he added, according to Agence France-Presse.
The worldwide restrictions could unleash the deepest recession in recent history, economists say.
“The G20 economies will experience an unprecedented shock in the first half of this year and will contract in 2020 as a whole,” according to ratings agency Moody’s, and
Last week, a record 3.2 million people applied for unemployment benefits as the coronavirus crisis forced layoffs around the US, the feds said Thursday.
Meanwhile, leaders of the G20 major economies will hold a virtual meeting later Thursday to address the mounting challenges.
“As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges to health-care systems and the global economy, we convene this extraordinary G20 summit to unite efforts towards a global response,” King Salman of Saudi Arabia said in a tweet.
The kingdom currently holds the rotating G20 presidency.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, said wealthier countries needed to offer support to low and middle-income ones.
In the US, almost 1,050 people are known to have died of the illness, which has infected nearly 70,000 others, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
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