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  • A staff member wearing a mask and protective suit guides a passenger at a coach terminal in Bogota, Colombia, March 24, 2020.

    A staff member wearing a mask and protective suit guides a passenger at a coach terminal in Bogota, Colombia, March 24, 2020. | Photo: Xinhua

Published 27 March 2020
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"And if the pandemic will develop, and will progress like wildfire in parts of the world, it is not only those parts of the world that will be impacted, because the more transmissions occur, the bigger the risk of mutations."

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday appealed for solidarity with developing countries in stemming the COVID-19 pandemic.

He argued that the international community will be helping itself by helping developing countries deal with the crisis.

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If one looks at what has happened until now with COVID-19, the main crisis, with one or two exceptions, has occurred in countries that have huge capacity and huge resources, Guterres told a joint virtual briefing for UN member states on COVID-19.

It is absolutely essential to mobilize the international community to help the developing world. Otherwise, it will not be possible to eradicate the pandemic, he said.

"And if the pandemic will develop, and will progress like wildfire in parts of the world, it is not only those parts of the world that will be impacted, because the more transmissions occur, the bigger the risk of mutations."

When viruses like this one mutate, even though a vaccine will eventually and hopefully become available soon, it will then become invalid for the new forms that the virus might present, warned Guterres.

It is in the interests of everybody to provide massive support to the developing world as COVID-19 is moving south and moving south in a very dangerous way, he said.

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