UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that “there is no end in sight” in the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The figure is chilling,” he said. “As the search for a vaccine continues, accessible and available to all, let us honor his memory by working together to defeat this virus,” he wrote on his Twitter account. The agency’s secretary general referred to the pain suffered by many families as they were away from their loved ones when they were sick, and that in fatal cases they were unable to carry out the grieving process due to the risks of infection.
Our world has reached an agonizing milestone: the loss of 1 million lives to #COVID19. We must never lose sight of each & every life. As the hunt for a vaccine — affordable and available to all — continues, let’s honor their memory by working together to defeat this virus. pic.twitter.com/iZ1UnN8d4i — António Guterres (@antonioguterres)
September 29, 2020
“How can we say goodbye without being able to take them by the hand, or give them a kiss of tenderness, a warm embrace, without being able to whisper to them one last ‘I love you’? They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends, friends and colleagues,” he lamented. However, the official said that “we will be able to overcome this challenge” by learning from mistakes and conducting “responsible leadership.” “Let’s keep the physical distance. Let’s use a mask. Let’s wash our hands. As we remember so many lives lost, let us never forget that our future depends on solidarity: as united people and as united nations,” António Guterres asked.