The current coronavirus episode is the greatest test for the world since World War Two, UN Secretary General António Guterres has cautioned.

He said it could bring a downturn “that likely has no equal in the ongoing past”.

His admonition comes in the midst of desperate expectations about the conceivable financial effect of measures forced to battle the infection.

The quantity of affirmed cases the world over is currently approaching 860,000, with in excess of 42,000 passings.

The loss of life in the US is presently more than 4,000 – higher than the proclaimed number of fatalities in China, where the episode started before the end of last year.

Johns Hopkins University said 865 individuals had passed on in the previous 24 hours in the US and in all in excess of 189,000 individuals in the nation had been contaminated.

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Around three out of four Americans are presently, or going to be, under some type of lockdown, as more US states fix measures to battle the coronavirus, which causes the Covid-19 illness.

In the interim, Spain, second just to Italy in the quantity of recorded fatalities, has seen 849 passings over the most recent 24 hours – the most noteworthy number it has had in a solitary day.

In the UK, an aggregate of 1,789 individuals have passed on – an ascent of 381, authorities state. Among the casualties was a 13-year-old kid, King’s College Hospital Trust in London said.

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