"We are still very far from where we need to be to effectively fight Covid-19 worldwide and to be able to tackle the negative impacts on the global economy and the global societies," UN chief Guterres told a virtual press conference as warning that the world faces the most challenging crisis since World War II.
As speaking on a state-run broadcaster on Tuesday, the Saudi minister for haj and umrah urged Muslims to wait before making plans to attend the annual haj pilgrimage until there is more clarity about the deadly coronavirus outbreak that has claimed tens of thousands of live across the world.
The death toll in Turkey from the new coronavirus rose to 214 after 46 more people died of the disease in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry announced on Tuesday. The total number of confirmed cases surged to 13,531, as another 2,704 people tested positive for the virus, according to the ministry data.
Italy on Tuesday reported another 837 deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 12,428, still the highest globally. However, a slowdown has been performed in the number of new contagions, compared with the double-digit rises seen since the beginning of the outbreak. Current infections grew 2.8% from Monday, reaching 77,635.