UN chief on the impact of COVID-19 on Africa
UN Secretary General calls on world community to help African countries
UN Secretary-General António Guterres calls on the world to show solidarity with Africa in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, noting the need to help the continent with strengthening health systems and food security in order to avoid the financial crisis.
Guterres praised the efforts of African countries and the African Union to timely introduce quarantines and close borders, as well as regional cooperation in containing the pandemic.
“However, the pandemic is threatening Africa’s progress. It will exacerbate long-standing inequalities, hunger, malnutrition and population vulnerability to disease. Demand for African goods, tourism and remittances is already declining. The opening of the trade zone has been postponed, and millions of people will find themselves in a state of extreme poverty “, – warned the head of the UN.
Guterres called on the international community to help Africa support education and protect jobs, and stressed the need to ensure that African countries have “equal access to vaccines and medicines at affordable prices.”.
More than 2,800 people have already died from COVID-19, according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most confirmed cases of infection were recorded in South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and Nigeria.
Egyptian authorities have ordered that residents not leave their homes during the holiday of Eid al-Adha, celebrated in honor of the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In addition, residents are required to wear masks in public from May 30..
The mask regime on Thursday also comes into force in Spain for all residents over six years old who are in a public place without the opportunity to maintain a distance of two meters.
In Jilin province in northeastern China, authorities are trying to contain a new outbreak. Four new cases were reported there on Wednesday.
Venezuela is trying to contain the increase in the number of infections along the border with Brazil and Colombia. According to the authorities, 131 new cases were recorded there per day, which is presumably related to the return of migrants home..
In India, migrant workers will be able to return home from big cities: Indian Railways will launch twice as many special trains from June 1 with mandatory health checks and wearing masks.
In the Netherlands, from June 1, a new phase of easing quarantine restrictions begins: bars, restaurants, cinemas and concert halls will open.
In the country, the number of infections and deaths has been declining for several weeks, but Prime Minister Mark Rutte warns that social distancing needs to continue..
In Japan, the pandemic had to cancel the popular student baseball championship – for the first time since World War II.
In total, there are more than 4.9 million confirmed cases of infection and 323,000 deaths from COVID-19 worldwide..
News Service; Voices of America