Around 2.5 billion people across the globe are now lockdown as governments desperately fight the virus, which has so far claimed 19,758 lives.
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The number of people infected by the coronavirus has now hit 440,806 and fears have been raised about the ability of the poorest countries to cope.
Mr Guterres has now launched a £1.5 billion coordinated global response plan to fight the virus in some of the world’s poorest countries.
“COVID-19 is menacing the whole of humanity – and so the whole of humanity must fight back,” he said.
“Individual country responses are not going to be enough. We must come to the aid of the ultra-vulnerable – millions upon millions of people who are least able to protect themselves.
“This is a matter of basic human solidarity. It is also crucial for combating the virus. This is the moment to step up for the vulnerable.”
The UN cash will be channelled towards tests, medical supplies, installing handwashing stations in camps and settlements and public health campaigns.
It will also establish airbridges and hubs across Africa, Asia and Latin America to move humanitarian workers and supplies to where they are needed most.
World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “The virus is now spreading in countries with weak health systems, including some which are already facing humanitarian crises.
“These countries need our support – out of solidarity but also to protect us all and help suppress this pandemic.”
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India has become the latest country to put its citizens in lockdown.
The order putting the country’s 1.3 billion people into lockdown is the most extensive stay-at-home order yet in the world's fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Spain has now overtaken China to become the country with the second-most coronavirus deaths today as the number of fatalities reached a record 738 in the past 24 hours.
The gruesome single-day tally put the country, where the number of recorded coronavirus deaths now stands at 3,434, ahead of China which says it has recorded 3,287 deaths.
Italy’s figure stands at more than 6,820, making if the country with the largest death toll.
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