A speech that will remain in history through balance and normality and a model of humanity for the governors and politicians of the moment.
The uphival caused by coronavirus – COVID-19 – is all around us.And I know many are anxious , worried and confused, and that`s absolutely natural .We are facing a health threat unlike any other in our life times.
Meanwhile , the virus is spreading .The danger is growing, and our health systems, economies and day-to-day lives are being severely tested.
The most vulnerable are the most affected – particularly our elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions.Those without acces to reliable health care and those in poverty or living on the edge.The social and economic fallout from the combination of the pandemic and slowing economies will affect most of us for some months.But the spred of the virus will peak.Our economies will recover.And until then , will must together to slow the spred of the virus and look after each other.This a time from prudence, not panic.
Science, no stigma.Facts, not fear.Even though the situation has been classified as a pandemic, it is one we can control.We can slow down transmissions, prevent infections and save lives.But that will take unprecedented personal , national and international action.We must declare war on this virus.That means countries have a responsability to gear up, step up and scale up.By implementing effective containment strategies.
By activating and enhancing emergency response systems.By dramatically increasing testing capacity and care for patients.By readying hospitals , ensuring they have the space supplies and needed personnel.And by developing life-saving medical interventions.And all of us have a responsibility, too.
To follow medical advice and take simple , practical steps recommended by health authorities.In addition to being a public health crisis , the virus is infecting the global economy.Financial markets have been hard hit by uncertainty.Global supply chains have been disrupted.Investment and consumer demand have plunged with a real and rising risk of global recession.United Nation economists estimate that the virus could cost the global economy at least $1 trillion this year and perhaps far more.No country can do it alone.More than ever , the governments must cooperate to revitalize economies, expand public investment, boost trade, and ensure targeted support for the people and communities most affected by the disease or more vulnerable to the negative economic impacts included women who often shoulder a disproportionate burden of care work.
A pandemic drives home the essential interconnectedness of our human family.Prevented the further spread of COVID-19 is a shared responsibility for us all.The United Nations including The World Health Organization is fully mobilized.As part of human family , we are working 24/7 with governments, providing international guidance helping the world take on this threat.
We stand in full solidarity with you.We are in this together – and will get through this, together.