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  • As you will know, over the weekend

  • we crossed 100,000 reported cases of covid-19 in 100 [countries].

  • It's certainly travelling, that so many people and countries have been affected

  • so quickly.

  • Now that the virus has a foothold in so many countries,

  • the threat of a pandemic has become very real.

  • But it would be the first pandemic in history that could be controlled.

  • The bottom line is we are not at the mercy of the virus.

  • Of the four countries with the most cases, China is bringing its epidemic

  • under control and there is now a decline in new cases being reported

  • from the Republic of Korea.

  • Both of these countries demonstrate that it's never too late to turn back

  • the tide of the virus.

  • The rule of the game is never give up.

  • I'll repeat that.

  • The rule of the game is never give up.

  • We're encouraged that Italy is taking aggressive measures

  • to contain its epidemic, and we hope that those measures prove effective

  • in the coming days.

  • Let hope be the antidote to fear.

  • Let solidarity be the antidote to blame.

  • Let our shared humanity be the antidote to our shared threat.

As you will know, over the weekend

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