United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the countries of Earth to declare an immediate ceasefire and join together to battle the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging people and communities across the planet.
"The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war," said Guterres. "That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives."
Guterres said he hoped action taken to stop conflict could help refugees, women, children, and other marginalized communities in warzones get the help they need to survive—including better delivery of humanitarian and medical aid.
"End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world," said Guterres. "It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere. Now. That is what our human family needs, now more than ever."