World leaders to hold crisis talks as virus toll tops 21,000

      Published on Thursday, 26 March , 2020      435      
World leaders to hold crisis talks as virus toll tops 21,000

  • Coronavirus

World leaders are to hold online crisis talks Thursday on the coronavirus pandemic that has forced three billion people into lockdown and claimed more than 21,000 lives.

With the disease tearing around the globe at a terrifying pace, warnings are multiplying over its economic consequences, with experts saying it could cause more damage than the Great Depression.




And amid squabbling between the leaders of China and the US over who is to blame, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for the world to act together to halt the menace.

“COVID-19 is threatening the whole of humanity — and the whole of humanity must fight back,” Guterres said, launching an appeal for $2 billion to help the world’s poor.

“Global action and solidarity are crucial,” he said. “Individual country responses are not going to be enough.”

The death toll from the virus, which emerged in China late last year, continued to grow, with the US becoming the sixth country to hit four figures.

At least 1,041 people are now known to have died in the United States, with almost 70,000 confirmed infections, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed, while globally the number of infections is closing in on half a million.

– Gun rush –

The rocketing infection rate in the US has sparked a rush to buy weapons, gun store owners told AFP, with customers panicking about social breakdown.

“A lot of people are buying shotguns, handguns, AR-15 (semi-automatic rifles), everything,” said Tiffany Teasdale, who sells guns in Washington state.

“A lot of people are scared that someone is going to break into their home… to steal cash, their toilet paper, their bottled water, their food.”


Category Coronavirus, World News | 2020/03/26 latest update at 10:30 PM
Source : AFP | Photocredit : Google
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