Millionth Death From COVID-19 ‘an Agonising Milestone’: UN Secretary-General

A health worker screens a young girl for COVID-19 at a temporary clinic in Nepal (Photo via UN)
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(United Nations News) With over one million lives now lost to COVID-19 globally, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that while the “agonising milestone” is a “mind-numbing figure”, the world must never lose sight of each and every individual life. 

“They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues,” he said in a statement on Monday night. 

The pain has been multiplied by the “savageness” of the disease, the Secretary-General added, noting that the risk of infection kept families from being with their loved ones, and the process of mourning and celebrating a life was often made impossible. 

“How do you say goodbye without holding a hand, or extending a gentle kiss, a warm embrace, a final whisper ‘I love you?’” 

At the same time, there is still no end in sight to the spread of the virus, the loss of jobs, the disruption of education, the upheaval to our lives, said Mr. Guterres. 

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