Now is not the time for a divide. We need unity to help end the global threat of the novel coronavirus.


The World Health Organization’s top official said Monday that partisan politics and a lack of global solidarity is adding fuel to this coronavirus pandemic.


He is pleading with countries to come and work together as a unit throughout the world.


“The cracks between people and the cracks between parties is fueling it,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “Don’t use this virus as an opportunity to fight against each other or score political points. It’s dangerous. It’s like playing with fire.”


The comment comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will suspend funding to WHO over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump accuses the group of promoting China’s “misinformation” about the virus.


(via CNBC): The virus, which emerged in Wuhan, China over three months ago, has infected more than 2.4 million people worldwide and killed at least 165,000 as of Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. However, infectious disease experts say the number of those who have had the virus is likely much higher as people go undetected and countries struggle with testing.


“This virus is dangerous. It exploits cracks between us,” he adds. “We need global solidarity that’s cemented on genuine national unity. Without national unity and global solidarity, trust us, the worst is yet ahead of us. Let’s prevent this tragedy.”


The WHO said it would reach out and turn to other countries to help fill any gaps in financing its COVID-19 response work.


“Please work together. We need national unity. We’ve seen the tragedy and we need global solidarity that’s based on honest and genuine national unity,” he added.