UN Chief pledges support for Africa's COVID-19 fight, rallies world against pandemic
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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres warns that the COVID-19 pandemic was worsening long-standing inequalities in Africa, and would amplify hunger, malnutrition and disease incidents.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres warns that the COVID-19 pandemic was worsening long-standing inequalities in Africa, and would amplify hunger, malnutrition and disease incidents.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has pledged his organizations support for Africa's fight against COVID-19, saying the successful eradication of the disease in the continent was vital for its elimination globally.

Guterres on Wednesday urged the rest of the world to unite with Africa in the war against the pandemic that has now infected more than 5 million people and killed over 329,000, according to the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

Guterred noted that the continent's initial response to the pandemic enabled it to stifle the figures, but cautioned that there is still great suspense in the direction of the epidemic.

Africa has so far registered more than 95,000 cases, with a death toll exceeding 2,900.

Guterres also warned that the pandemic was worsening long-standing inequalities on the continent, and would amplify hunger, malnutrition and disease incidents.

The UN chief called on the international community to take action to strengthen Africa's health system, maintain food supplies, avoid financial crises, support education, protect employment, help families and businesses overcome difficulties, and mitigate loss of income and loss of export earnings on the African continent.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected more than 5 million people, with a death toll exceeding 329,000.

Guterres call for unity is a reiteration of remarks made by the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom, who said "it is only through such solidarity and mutual support that we will beat the COVID-19 pandemic, and be better prepared for other threats in the future."

Source: United Nations