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The UN has called for an immediate “quantum leap” in funding to fight the coronavirus as the death toll crossed 900,000 six months after the pandemic broke out.

On Thursday France registered a record of almost 10,000 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours before a key meeting to decide a toughening of coronavirus measures.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries to find $15 billion over the next three months to fund the ACT-Accelerator programme, a global collaboration to hunt for a vaccine and treatments led by the UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Either we stand together or we will be doomed,” Guterres said, calling the virus the “number one global security threat”.