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UN calls for a global ceasefire to fight COVID-19

UN Secretary-General, Antonia Guterres has called on a global ceasefire in order to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a statement, he said;

“the fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. That is why I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict in lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives”.

So far 18,605 individuals have died from the deadly virus.

In an effort to support the global fight against COVID-19, Cuba has deployed over 50 doctors and nurses to Lombardy, one of the worst-affected regions in Italy, this week. This is the sixth medical deployment from Cuba. Other deployments include to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada. Cuba continues to struggle with medical supplies due to decades-old US economic sanctions.

Read more from Al Jazeera and Democracy Now.

 

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