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Norway proposes UN fund for developing countries to battle COVID-19

The Norwegian Government has expressed her intention to start a United Nations donors’ fund to help developing countries fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, Norway’s Development Aid Minister, Dag-Inge Ulstein said they are concerned about the way the virus will affect developing countries which have fragile healthcare systems.

“International solidarity across borders is more important than ever. That’s why it is important for us to contribute financially to such a fund in the UN,” he added.

Mr Ulstein who revealed that the fund is expected to be set up quickly, “possibly even this week”, however, did not state the specific amount of its own contribution.

The initiative has been welcomed favourably by UN deputy secretary-general Amina Mohammed, Oslo said.

On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that “millions” of lives were at stake if the international community did not show solidarity, especially with the world’s poorest countries, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

According to AFP’s own tally on Sunday, more than 324,000 cases have been detected in 171 countries and at least 14,396 deaths.

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