Virus Death Toll Passes 20,000, Three Billion Under Lockdown
Sumaira FH 8 days ago Thu 26th March 2020 | 10:10 AM
Madrid, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Mar, 2020 ) :More than three billion people around the world were living under lockdown on Wednesday as governments stepped up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 20,000 people dead.
As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that only a concerted global effort could stop the spread of the virus.
A total of more than 20,800 deaths have now been reported in 182 countries and territories, according to an AFP tally.
In Washington, President Donald Trump said New York, the epicenter of the US outbreak with over 30,000 cases, likely has a few "tough weeks" ahead but he would decide soon whether unaffected parts of the country can get back to work.
"We want to get our country going again," Trump said. "I'm not going to do anything rash or hastily.
UN chief Guterres said the world needs to ban together to stem the pandemic.
"Global action and solidarity are crucial," he said. "Individual country responses are not going to be enough."