UN urges help for vulnerable nations amid pandemic

Mar 26, 2020

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UN urges help for vulnerable nations amid pandemic

New York (USA), Mar 26: The United Nations is urging rich countries to help vulnerable nations such as North Korea and Yemen in efforts to fight the global spread of the coronavirus.
Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, spoke to NHK.
Lowcock expressed concern for North Korea and Yemen, two countries that so far have not reported any coronavirus cases.
Lowcock pointed out that Yemen is already in the midst of the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with the continuing civil war and the spread of cholera.
He said no one would be surprised to see cases there before long and there's no country as vulnerable or likely to suffer from the outbreak as Yemen.
As for North Korea, Lowcock said he's in contact with UN staff members in the country but the amount of information is limited.
He said no one should be surprised if there were cases because the virus "does not respect country borders."
Lowcock said the richest countries will rightly want to focus their efforts to fight the virus in their own country. But he says it makes sense to put in more effort to help other countries as well, because otherwise the virus is going to threaten everybody wherever they are.
Source: NHK World