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GLOBAL RESPONSE NEEDED TO DEFEAT VIRUS

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that a global response was needed to defeat the novel coronavirus, saying “we [countries worldwide] are connected”.

He was speaking at a World Economic Forum (WEF) session on a video link.

“The next year is not just a challenge for Pakistan. It is a challenge around the world. When the epidemic hits the globe the countries look inward and downward,” he said.

“But in the end we are all connected so our response must be worldwide,” the prime minister said. Imran’s premier said that many countries in the developing world do not have the financial means to deal with the recession.

“The G20 countries are working on a debt recovery program but we need more details,” said Khan, as he again lamented the development of debt in developing countries. Explaining why developing countries around the world need help, the Prime Minister said countries like “ours need money to divert resources from health care and the environment,” adding that global health care systems are on the “straight line of this terrible disease”.

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