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UN: Millions could die if virus spreads unchecked

The UN’s secretary general has issued a stark warning to world leaders about working together to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

“If we let the virus spread like wildfire – especially in the most vulnerable regions of the world – it would kill millions of people. Global solidarity is not only a moral imperative, it is in everyone’s interests,” Antonio Guterres said.

“The health catastrophe makes it clear that we are only as strong as the weakest health system.”

Mr Guterres also urged governments and international bodies to better support the most financially vulnerable – low-wage workers, and small and medium-sized businesses.

A global recession, he added, is now “a near certainty”.

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