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Two UN peacekeepers in Mali have kicked the bucket from the coronavirus, authorities said Friday.

Out of the approximately 100,000 UN troops sent on around 15 distinct missions around the globe, these two are the principal whose passings were legitimately connected to the pandemic.

“Unfortunately, I also want to say that yesterday and today two of our military colleagues have passed away due to COVID-19,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York to honor the peacekeepers killed in conflict.

One was from Cambodia and the other from El Salvador, “both members of MINUSMA,” the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, Guterres said.

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