Health workers sprayed disinfectant and fumigated the streets of Sanaa, Yemen, in anticipation of a coronavirus outbreak, Monday, March 23.
READ MORE: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Monday for a global cease-fire as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives,” Guterres told journalists via a video press conference.
As of Monday, there were more than 370,000 confirmed cases worldwide of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. More than 16,000 people have died, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine resource center.
As the pandemic has spread across the world in recent weeks, the war in Syria entered its 10th year and the Yemen crisis started its sixth. Conflicts in Africa continue, including in Libya. In South Sudan, the United Nations has expressed concern recently about the escalation of inter-communal violence in parts of the country. Meanwhile, tens of millions of people are internally displaced and refugees from violence across the globe.