The UN chief Antonio Guterres said the coronavirus may become a security threat. According to him the pandemic has provided a “window” into how a bio-terrorist attack might uncover across the world, issuing a strong indication that access to “virulent strains” could be obtained by non-state groups. It may put the societies in similar devastation around the globe.
While addressing the UN Security Council he stressed on the risks to the world due to the pandemic. On Thursday, under the Presidency of Domain Republic he for the first time in a closed video conference session he discussed the concerns.
“While the COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a health crisis, its implications are much more far-reaching. The pandemic also poses a significant threat to the maintenance of international peace and security — potentially leading to an increase in social unrest and violence that would greatly undermine our ability to fight the disease,” Antonio Guterres said.
During his briefing to the UNSC, he also described the battle against the COVID-19 as the “fight of a generation — and the raison d’etre of the United Nations itself.”
“The weaknesses and lack of preparedness exposed by this pandemic provide a window onto how a bio-terrorist attack might unfold – and may increase its risks. Non-state groups could gain access to virulent strains that could pose similar devastation to societies around the globe,” he added.
“Terrorist groups may see a window of opportunity to strike while the attention of most governments is turned towards the pandemic,” he strictly warned. Apart from that another significant risk is the possibility of triggering various human rights challenges and refugees and
“This could lead to an escalation of violence and possibly devastating miscalculations, which could further entrench ongoing wars and complicate efforts to fight the pandemic,” Antonio Guterres said.
There are more than 1.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases across the world and over 95,000 people have died so far of the disease, estimated Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre. The COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, which was launched by the UN Chief has allocated USD 75 million and so far the plan has received USD 396.5 million.