UNITED international locations (AFP) - The UN security Council, which has now not met for 12 days because of the coronavirus outbreak, is deeply divided over a proposed announcement at the disaster and preserving "digital" meetings to vote on resolutions, diplomatic resources stated Monday.

The impasse comes as world leaders battle to respond to the pandemic, with rivals US and China engaged in a struggle of words as medical experts plead for unified motion.

"South Africa (a non-everlasting council member) rejected (the proposed statement) first.

. Russia and China engaged in advance, but afterward additionally blocked it," a source advised AFP.

The draft thought, drawn up late closing week by Estonia, highlights "growing concern approximately the unprecedented extent of the COVID-19 outbreak within the world, which can also represent a chance to international peace and security."

It also calls for "full transparency" over the outbreak -- wording seen by means of a few to allude to US complaint of government secrecy in China, where the virus first emerged.

"The individuals of the security Council urge the member states to position extra emphasis on helping the ones maximum uncovered and liable to the virus and the populations in dire humanitarian situations," the draft, seen with the aid of AFP, says.

It provides that "no united states of america can prevail on my own."

A UN protection Council statement calls for the guide of all 15 participants to be adopted and posted.

international health enterprise chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Monday that the pandemic changed into simply "accelerating" because the range of deaths surged near sixteen,000, with over 350,000 declared infections.

the safety Council, chaired in March by way of China, has no longer met because March 12, with maximum UN group of workers and diplomats from the countrywide missions working from domestic to avoid infection, although the the big apple headquarters remains open.

On Thursday it must renew the mandate of UN experts answerable for sanctions imposed on North Korea for 12 months and enlarge the peace task in Somalia for 12 months.

in line with diplomats, the council should additionally expand the peacekeepers  venture in Darfur by months, with out modifying the numbers of troops.

at the start, the safety Council was speculated to determine on a sluggish withdrawal to create on the cease of October a political mission in Sudan and close its peacekeeping operation in Darfur.

Council conferences on Syria and Libya this week have been canceled, but it remains doubtful whether the council will meet as scheduled on Thursday.

For 10 days, Russia has time and again adverse "digital" meetings by way of video to permit vote casting periods.

Critics factor out that a "bodily" session might force round 50 people to come back to the UN, with one diplomat describing the Russian stance as "idiotic."

"we're for a bodily presence (and) doubt that (vote casting) may be accomplished otherwise," Russian deputy ambassador to the UN Dmitri Polyanskiy instructed AFP.