United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed grief as the COVID-19 global death tally crossed the one million mark. Calling it an “agonizing milestone”, Guterres released an emotional statement, mentioning the loss of life, jobs and education worldwide.

“Our world has reached an agonizing milestone: the loss of one million lives from the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a mind-numbing figure. Yet we must never lose sight of each and every individual life. They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues. The pain has been multiplied by the savageness of this disease,” Guterres stated.

“And still there is no end in sight to the spread of the virus, the loss of jobs, the disruption of education, the upheaval to our lives. We can overcome this challenge. But we must learn from the mistakes. Responsible leadership matters. Science matters. Cooperation matters – and misinformation kills,” he added.

The Johns Hopkins University confirmed that more than one million people have died worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic. The world still has over 33 million active cases while more than 23 million patients have recovered.

Guterres requested people residing across the globe to keep washing hands, using masks and maintaining social distance.