World must avert 'dramatic' effects of coronavirus on health, economy: U.N.'s Guterres

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25 February 2020

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged countries to prevent the novel coronavirus epidemic from spiraling into a crisis with “dramatic consequences” for global health and the world economy, APA rpeorts quoting Reuters. 

Guterres, speaking to reporters during a visit to the World Health Organization center for managing emergencies, called for fully funding the WHO’s appeal of $675 million to cover its overall response for three months. 

“All countries - and this is now a problem that is affecting many countries in the world - all countries must do everything to be prepared,” Guterres said after a briefing by WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and other senior officials. 

“The disease it’s still possible to contain but if some fail, if some do not do everything that is needed, this can still become out of control with dramatic consequences in global health and the global economy,” Guterres said.

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