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UK: Boris Johnson urges world to unite against COVID-19 and stop comparing death rates

Boris Johnson has urged the world to unite against coronavirus, suggesting it had made nations seem “selfish” and apparently warning against the comparison of countries’ death rates.

In a pre-recorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly, the prime minister said “the very notion of the international community looks tattered” nine months into the COVID-19pandemic.

“Unless we unite and turn our fire against our common foe, we know that everyone will lose,” he said.

“The inevitable outcome will be to prolong this calamity and increase the risk of another.”

How coronavirus has spread across the world

How coronavirus has spread across the world

He went on to outline a plan for preventing another global pandemic, including a network of zoonotic research labs around the world to identify dangerous pathogens before they leap from animals to humans

“COVID-19 has caused us to cease other vital work, and I’m afraid it made individual nations seem selfish and divided from each other,” he said.

“Every day people were openly encouraged to study a grisly reverse Olympic league table, and to take morbid and totally mistaken comfort in the greater sufferings of others

— Sky news