UN urges countries to focus on mental health services in response to COVID-19

UN urges countries to focus on mental health services in response to COVID-19
Grief over the loss of loved ones, shock at the loss of jobs, self-isolation and movement restrictions, as well as uncertainty and fear for the future are among the psychological pressures many people experience amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on the governments of all countries to expand and fully fund mental health services by including them in the universal health coverage.

Those most at risk today are frontline healthcare workers, elderly people, adolescents and young people, those with pre-existing mental health conditions and those caught up in conflict and crisis. We must help them and stand by them,” UN chief Guterres said.

According to the data from the Johns Hopkins University, the number of people who recovered from COVID-19 is growing every day. Besides remaining the first country in the world in terms of the number of coronavirus cases and fatalities, the United States has the highest number of recovered cases of COVID-19 as well. 244,000 coronavirus patients reported to have recovered in the U.S.

More than half of patients who were diagnosed with coronavirus reported to have recovered in Italy. The country registered a total of 113,000 cases of recovery.

Germany reported that 80 percent of infected people recovered from COVID-19. The country recorded a total of 174,000 coronavirus cases and more than 148,000 recovery cases of COVID-19.

Spain also shows a positive recovery rate. The COVID-19 infected 228,000 people in the country. More than 140,000 coronavirus patients in Spain reported to have recovered.

Reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide stand at 4.3 million. 1.5 million people recovered; more than 297,000 died.
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