UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called on governments to invest more in universal health coverage.
COVID-19 has shown that universal health coverage, strong public health systems and emergency preparedness are essential, he said in a video message for the launch of his policy brief on COVID-19 and universal health coverage.
Universal health coverage, according to Guterres, requires governments to step up investment in common goods for health, including surveillance and risk communication, so that the world never faces such a situation again.
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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Wednesday that there will be no wage hikes for the civil servants and armed forces for the next year due to the impact of COVID-19.
"Due to the economic uncertainty, there will not be any 2021 salary increases for the civil servants and armed forces," he said during the inauguration ceremony of an amusement park in Kandal province.
However, they will still receive allowances for the Khmer New Year and the Pchum Ben Festival, or the Ancestor's Day, the prime minister said.
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SAO PAULO -- China is creating a favorable environment for the recovery of Brazil's economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could turn 2021 into a promising year for bilateral relations, a top business leader said on Tuesday.
"China's control of the pandemic created a very favorable environment for the bilateral relationship, and mainly paved the way for our trade ties to strengthen and created an environment of great harmony for them to flow positively," vice president of the Sao Paulo state Federation of Trade Associations, Farid Murad, told Xinhua.
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SANTIAGO -- Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday urged Congress to expedite legislation on the modernization of the Carabineros, or national police force, despite allegations of excessive force against protesters.
The objective of the bill legislators are debating is to "strengthen" the entity "so that it can better and more effectively fulfill its role of protecting citizen security and public order, always respecting the human rights of all," Pinera said at a press conference.