Sri Lankan Civil Defense Force members pack essential food to sell at low cost at a warehouse after the government imposed the nationwide curfew. The number of people who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country has increased, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, March 25.
As its number of confirmed cases reach 102, Sri Lanka sealed itself off from the outside world, suspending all flights in and out of the island nation.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed Wednesday for $2 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable nations cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
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“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. (VOA/Reuters)