According to a major humanitarian agency, up to one billion people could be infected with the coronavirus – with three million deaths – in the countries affected by the crisis.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC), chaired by former British Foreign Minister David Miliband, released a new report on Tuesday in which it considers the devastating impact of COVID-19[female[feminine in 34 countries where they serve, including Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.
In its new analysis, the IRC suggests – without prompt action in the coming weeks – that between a half and a billion people may be infected with coronavirus in these countries, with between 1.5 million and 3.2 million deaths.
Suggesting that the real impact could be even greater, Miliband told Sky News that these were “conservative estimates” and warned that the world had “only a few weeks to prepare for this that this disease is unleashed in some of the poorest countries ”.
In a call to the wealthiest nations of the world to come together to help these countries, the former Labor MP added: “As the debate on foreclosure – and how to end it – develops in countries like the United Kingdom, United, we must be sure to recognize it. the disease is a global disease that will not be fully beaten until it is beaten everywhere. ”
He accused the world’s wealthiest countries – the G20 – of being “in a sleep” over a coordinated international response to the COVID-19 crisis.
And he blamed US President Donald Trump for taking a “completely backward step” by promising to stop funding the World Health Organization.
The current impact of coronavirus in the poorest countries is almost unknown due to the threadbare test regimes, he suggested.
Miliband said there has so far been a “massive underestimation” of only 25,000 cases in Africa, although it is a continent of more than a billion people.
“What we can see is that, step by step, more and more people are coming to our health centers that we manage around the world,” he said.
“We see this disease really taking off around mid-May, so we can see it progressing.
“We have a few weeks left to do some essential preventive work; it means very basic hand washing stations, it means sorting people out by testing them for fever and isolating cases of high fever.
“But we will also have to strengthen health systems, because there will be a huge number of people who will need basic therapeutic care.” “
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With vast economic packages to help businesses during their country closings, Miliband said that countries like the United States and the United Kingdom had “found money when they needed it” because it said it was “a question of morality” for rich countries to provide other resources.
He said the IRC’s call was not to provide equipment such as fans to countries like South Sudan, but rather to “put in place much more basic infrastructure.”
It is “so that people can prevent the disease by washing their hands, with appropriate information, with a minimum of social distancing but also, by isolating cases so that they do not spread to the whole Population “.
Coronavirus is a “global disease that is fought nation by nation,” added Miliband, desperate for the lack of global leadership displayed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The global nature of the disease does not go hand in hand with the kind of international cooperation that is going to be essential,” he said.
Miliband, who now lives and works in America, also said there was a “high degree of dysfunction” in the US response to the coronavirus, coupled with “a high level of polarization and mistrust” in his home country. ‘adoption.
He added: “One of the things we know about this crisis is that it requires a high level of social trust for an effective response.
“Countries like South Korea and Germany have shown it.
“The rally that took place in the UK to support the NHS … which talks about social cohesion.
“We don’t see that in the United States right now, even before we get into the nonsense of last week’s discussions about bleach and its harmful effects.
“Now there is a big question that America will face – how can it combine a more effective domestic response with a reaffirmation of international leadership? “