The United Nations has declared that the coronavirus pandemic presents the world with its “worst crisis” since World War II, with the number of dead in the United States now higher than in China.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who was speaking at the launch of a report on the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 said that the outbreak has threatened people in every country and carrying the risk of “enhanced instability, enhanced unrest, and enhanced conflict.”
This comes as the US announced some 800 deaths on Tuesday – bringing the total to more than 3,700. It also has the most confirmed cases. China has reported 3,282 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
In a related development, the government of Ethiopia has postponed parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for August this year due to the outbreak of the dreaded COVID-19 disease.
“Because of issues related to the coronavirus, the board has decided it can’t conduct the election as planned… so it has decided to void that calendar and suspend all activities,” the electoral commission said in a statement on Tuesday.
It said a new date would be given “when the pandemic is over,” the poll body added.