With the French lockdown in its second week, the streets of the capital, Paris, appeared almost empty, Wednesday, March 25. France reported 22,622 COVID-19 cases, and 1,102 deaths, so far.
READ MORE: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed Wednesday for $2 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable nations cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
“COVID-19 is menacing the whole of humanity, and so the whole of humanity must fight back,” Guterres told reporters in an online news conference. “Individual country responses are not going to be enough.”
The funds would assist 40 of the most vulnerable developing countries for the next nine months as they deal with the spread of the potentially deadly respiratory virus.
“The world is only as strong as our weakest health system,” Guterres warned. “If we do not act decisively now, I fear the virus will establish a foothold in the most fragile countries, leaving the whole world vulnerable as it continues to circle the planet, paying no mind to borders.