Global Death Toll from COVID-19 Pandemic Crosses 100,000, UN Security Council Calls it Fight of a Generation

  • The global death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has crossed 100,000. Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker shows that the death toll across the world is at least 102,026 and the total number of infections is at least 1,681,964. In such a gloomy figure, the only ray of hope is the recovery count. The COVID-19 tracker shows that around 374,509 have recovered till now. The United Nations Security Council, the most powerful body of the United Nations Organization (UNO), has warned that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has led to the loss of millions of jobs. The extremist groups and authoritarian regimes are taking full advantage of this instability and this may lead to violent conflict. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made these statements during the virtual meeting of the UN Security Council. He regarded the fight against this pandemic as a “fight of a generation” and went on to appeal for international unity. An UN-led Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development has said in its report that billions of people living in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are suffering from a looming debt crisis. While addressing the problem, Guterres has said that “What is needed is a large-scale, coordinated and comprehensive multilateral response amounting to at least 10 percent of global Gross Domestic Product.”