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October 18, 2020 - Reuters

Divided world is failing COVID-19 test, says frustrated U.N. chief

Divided world is failing COVID-19 test, says frustrated U.N. chief
UN Secretary-General António Guterres© Photabulous!

A divided world has failed to rise to the challenge of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday and warned concerted action was needed to prevent millions of people being pushed into poverty and hunger.

The former Portuguese prime minister said far more could have been done if countries had worked together to combat the disease, which has killed more than one million people.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a major global challenge for the entire international community, for multilateralism and for me, as secretary-general of the United Nations,” Guterres told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

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