UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called Monday for an end to all conflicts worldwide so that the international community can singularly focus on the fight against the novel coronavirus.

“Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all relentlessly,” he told reporters during a virtual news conference. “In war-ravaged countries health systems have collapsed, health professionals, already few in number, have often been targeted.”

“The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. That is why today I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire

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