UN chief Antonio Guterres renewed his call for a global ceasefire, urging all parties to conflict to lay down arms and allow war-torn countries to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
“The worst is yet to come,” Guterres said on Friday, referring to countries such as Syria, Libya and Yemen. “The COVID-19 storm is now coming to all these theatres of conflict.”
His comments came after Spain announced another 932 coronavirus deaths as its total toll nears 11,000 and continued to suffer the second-most fatalities in the world behind Italy.
The United States reported the highest daily death toll of any country so far at nearly 1,200.
As New York recorded 562 more deaths – its deadliest single day – Governor Andrew Cuomo made a plea for the US to deploy its resources to New York to help it deal with the growing crisis.
The US now has more than 6,000 fatalities as the contagion rapidly spreads.
More than 1,041,000 people have been diagnosed with the virus globally, according to the data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 221,000 people have recovered from the disease, including more than 9,000 in the US.
Also, France reported 588 more coronavirus deaths, its deadliest single-day toll since the epidemic began.
5,091 people have now died in hospital of the COVID-19 disease in France, top health official Jerome Salomon told media.
Those who have died of COVID-19 in senior homes are not included in the tally. But Salomon said that 1,416 people had died from coronavirus in such establishments, bringing the total toll to at least 6,507.