The report also warns that it is “in everyone’s interest to ensure that developing countries have the best chance of managing this crisis,” or else the coronavirus “will risk becoming a long-lasting brake on economic recovery.”
The plan’s rollout accompanied the announcement of a “COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund” established by UN Secretary-General António Guterres that is intended to “support efforts in low- and middle-income countries” to counter the coronavirus.
Guterres said in a statement that the “human crisis” of COVID-19 “demands coordinated, decisive, inclusive and innovative policy action from the world’s leading economies and maximum financial and technical support for the poorest and most vulnerable people and countries.”
More than 862,000 people around the world have become infected by COVID-19, and at least 42,404 have perished as a result of the disease. Because of limited testing capacity and unreliable reporting data from certain foreign governments, experts agree the actual number of positive cases is much greater.
The United States, which has become the new epicenter of the pandemic, now has more confirmed cases than anywhere else in the world. But despite the demand by the UN for an international response to the coronavirus, the Trump administration has shown reluctance to enforce even national standards for managing its spread across the country.
Instead, states have imposed a patchwork of directives ranging from shelter-in-place orders to less severe instructions, while the the federal government this week extended its recommended social-distancing guidelines for another month. Other suggested mitigation measures, including the wearing of masks by Americans in public, are also under consideration by the administration.