COVID-19 is worst crisis since World War II, says U.N chief

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the world faces the most challenging crisis since World War II, confronting a pandemic threatening people in every country, one that will bring a recession 'that probably has no parallel in the recent past'.

There is also a risk that the combination of the disease and its economic impact will contribute to “enhanced instability, enhanced unrest, and enhanced conflict,” the U.N chief said at the launch of a report on the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19-on Tuesday.

Guterres called for a much stronger and more effective global response to the coronavirus pandemic and to the social and economic devastation that COVID-19 is causing.

He stressed that this will only be possible if everybody comes together and if we forget political games and understand that it is humankind that is at stake.

“We are facing a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations — one that is killing people, spreading human suffering, and upending people’s lives, the report said.

“But this is much more than a health crisis. It is a human crisis. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is attacking societies at their core".

(Agencies)