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The UN warns against Corona’s outbreak: the worst is yet to come

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Friday that “the worst is yet to come” in countries that are in conflict, calling for a ceasefire around the world to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

“There is an opportunity for peace, but we are far from achieving it. The need is urgent. The storm of Covid-19 will now reach all conflict sites,” Guterres added, while presenting a report on developments since the launch of his call on March 23.

On March 23, the UN Secretary-General appealed for a ceasefire in all conflict areas of the world to better combat the Covid-19 epidemic.

In this context, a petition, launched by a non-governmental organization, to support the United Nations appeal, collected about one million signatures as of Thursday, while there is no decrease in fighting in these countries.

In his daily meeting with journalists, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric expressed his satisfaction with the initiative taken by Avaaz. He said: “We are very pleased with the number that this petition can attract,” stressing the need to “pressure the belligerents.”

The petition was posted online on March 30, after the appeal by Antonio Guterres.

Armed groups or belligerents in some countries (the Philippines, Cameroon, Colombia …) declared that they were ready to stop the hostilities, but none of that was applied.

“Unfortunately, the fighting continues in most of the areas where we are,” Leticia Courtois, the ICRC’s representative to the United Nations, told AFP.

She added that “the fighting continues, and wounded people still arrive at the hospitals we support, for example in southern Sudan,” referring to information received from her organization’s teams in combat areas.

She added that a ceasefire throughout the world is “necessary”, explaining that “it is important at the same time to point to the urgent need for humanitarian workers to continue their work to the best of their abilities so that they can influence the situation” which has become more difficult with the spread of the epidemic.

The ICRC employs 20,000 people worldwide, especially in countries in conflict or crisis situations.