The coronavirus pandemic is leading to a decrease in people’s trust in public institutions, abuse of power and deepening economic inequality. This was announced on Wednesday, August 12, by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council via video link.
First of all, he expressed concern about the possible undermining of confidence in the governments of countries and public institutions. In addition, he said, the global economic order is destabilizing.
“I am especially concerned about the deepening socio-economic inequality due to the unprecedented global economic crisis,” TASS quoted Guterres as saying.
As the third point, he singled out the abuse of power. In particular, in his opinion, in some countries the coronavirus pandemic was used as an excuse to suppress peaceful protests and carry out repression.
In mid-July, Guterres, against the backdrop of the coronavirus situation, proposed a new social contract to build a just world.
In June, Guterres called on countries to provide food to their citizens as the world could face food shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Worldometer, as of August 12, there were 20.6 million cases of COVID-19 in the world. 747.4 thousand people died, 13.5 million patients recovered.