Coronavirus 'the greatest challenge of our time': UN chief

LONDON: The United Nations Secretary-General has called the current coronavirus pandemic the greatest challenge of our era and said it is not yet clear when we will have effective treatments or vaccines against the disease.

In a virtual speech to the decision-making body of the World Health Organization on Monday, Antonio Guterres echoed WHO's repeated calls for global solidarity, saying that we are all paying a high price for national responses to Contradictory times to the pandemic.

Many countries have ignored the recommendations of the World Health Organization, he said. As a result, the virus has spread across the globe and is now moving to the global south, where its impact may be even more devastating and we are risking more spikes and waves.

Guterres said it was a false dichotomy to assume that governments would choose to save their citizens or their economies.

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> Unless we control the spread of the virus, the economy will never recover, he warned. He called on the G20 countries to urgently consider a large-scale stimulus package that would equal a double-digit percentage of world GDP.