As Coronavirus pandemic continue to threatens African progress,UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres urged international action to strengthen Africa’s health systems, maintain food supplies, avoid a financial crisis.”
Guterres, also warned that millions of people could be pushed into extreme poverty in Africa due to the coronavirus pandemic and called for “global solidarity” with the continent.
The UN Boss called for “more than $200 billion as additional support from the international community” to help Africa recover from the pandemic.
He said he was also advocating “a comprehensive debt framework – starting with an across-the-board debt standstill for countries unable to service their debt.”
It is also necessary, he added, to “support education, protect jobs, keep households and businesses afloat, and cushion the continent against lost income and export earnings.”
While he congratulated Africa for responding swiftly to the pandemic, which has claimed more than 2,500 lives across the continent, Guterres noted that “as of now, reported cases are lower than feared.”
Guterres said, the pandemic will aggravate long-standing inequalities and heighten hunger, malnutrition and vulnerability to disease,”
Lockdowns and economic recession are expected to lead to a major loss of income among the working poor