COVID-19 Cases Increase Globally; U.N., Partners Urge Action Against Coronavirus ‘Infodemic’; U.N. Pledges Support For Landlocked Nations; UNDP Head Says U.N. Coronavirus Response Both Political, Operational

CIDRAP News: Steeply rising pandemic activity led by India, surges elsewhere
“The pace of global COVID-19 cases showed no letup [Wednesday], with an ongoing surge in India, some Middle East countries logging record numbers, and some European hot spots reporting more worrying developments. In other developments … global health officials warned that false information about COVID-19 is hampering the response and urged countries to do more to counter it with accurate messaging…” (Schnirring, 9/23).

Devex: COVID-19 response a tale of two U.N.s, UNDP chief says
“The COVID-19 response has, in many ways, been a story of two United Nations — the political and the operational — according to United Nations Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner…” (Saldinger, 9/23).

U.N. News: U.N. stands ready to support landlocked nations in pandemic recovery
“The U.N. system is standing in solidarity with landlocked developing countries, which lack access to vital trade links, and supporting them in their efforts to rebuild once the global coronavirus pandemic abates, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday…” (9/23).

U.N. News: Countries urged to act against COVID-19 ‘infodemic’
“The U.N. and partners have urged countries to take urgent action to address what they have described as the ‘infodemic’ that has surfaced in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the real world and online. … ‘Misinformation costs lives. Without the appropriate trust and correct information, diagnostic tests go unused, immunization campaigns (or campaigns to promote effective vaccines) will not meet their targets, and the virus will continue to thrive,’ the partners said in a statement issued on Wednesday…” (9/23).

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