Switzerland: UN special envoy calls for 'nationwide ceasefire throughout Syria' to counter COVID-19

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen called for a complete nationwide ceasefire in Syria to enable efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, in a webcam-recorded statement on Tuesday. «Syrians are acutely vulnerable to COVID-19,» said Pedersen, who added that the «healthcare facilities have been destroyed or are degraded,» and warned of the «shortage of key medical equipment and... Еще health professionals.» The special envoy referred to the virus as the «common threat» which «endangers all Syrians,» as it «knows no boundaries. It does not discriminate. It does not care whether you live in areas controlled by the Syrian government or other areas.» Pedesren called for «a large scale releases of detainees and abductees,» and asked to grant the humanitarian organizations «an immediate access» to all detention facilities in order to «ensure adequate medical care and protective measures.» The special envoy called on international donors to «to fully support humanitarian efforts and respond to UN appeals,» and pledged to work with all relevant players on the ground. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to warring parties throughout the world, on Monday, for an immediate, global ceasefire to enable efforts to tackle the disease. Syrian authorities announced lockdown measures after the first official case of COVID-19 was announced in the country on Sunday. Over 400,000 people have tested positive for the disease which has killed more than 18,000 people as of Tuesday. Mandatory Credit: UNTV
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