MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia is urging the international community to use the situation with the pandemic of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to establish cooperation in the fight against common challenges facing humanity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Argumenty i Fakty newspaper.
Lavrov said the disease spread had had a serious impact on all aspects of international political and socio-economic life.
However, Lavrov said, confrontation continued in global affairs.
Russia’s overall number of recorded coronavirus cases has topped 897,000. The country’s COVID-19 death toll is over 15,000. More than 703,000 people (about 78 percent of the country’s total case tally) have recovered.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus a pandemic on 11 March.
According to the WHO, the global coronavirus death toll has surpassed 732,000 people, with the number of cases worldwide exceeding 19.9 million.
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