More than 300,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been reported globally, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, noting “the pandemic is accelerating.”
It took 67 days from the first reported case of COVID-19 to reach the first 100,000 cases, while the second and the third 100,000 cases were reported just within 11 days and 4 days respectively, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a daily briefing in Geneva.
Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for an immediate global cease-fire amid growing number of the novel coronavirus cases.
“It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives (against the coronavirus),” he said in a virtual press briefing.
He asked warring parties to pull back from hostilities, put aside mistrust and animosity, and silence the guns.
A global cease-fire is crucial to help create corridors for life-saving aid, to open precious windows for diplomacy, and to bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, he said.