Public workers in Peru’s capital clean and disinfect buses, Wednesday, March 25, as part of the safety measures the government has taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Peru reported 416 COVID-19 cases, and 7 deaths, so far.
READ MORE: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed Wednesday for $2 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable nations cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
“COVID-19 is menacing the whole of humanity, and so the whole of humanity must fight back,” Guterres told reporters in an online news conference. “Individual country responses are not going to be enough.”
The funds would assist 40 of the most vulnerable developing countries for the next nine months as they deal with the spread of the potentially deadly respiratory virus.
“The world is only as strong as our weakest health system,” Guterres warned. “If we do not act decisively now, I fear the virus will establish a foothold in the most fragile countries, leaving the whole world vulnerable as it continues to circle the planet, paying no mind to borders.
The $2 billion would fund a six-point plan of action. Among its goals are improving public awareness of measures needed to slow the virus’ spread, including social distancing and hand washing. Ramping up testing and getting priority treatment to those at highest risk for severe illness is also covered.