The UN Security Council is set to hold a secret meeting on the Covid-19 pandemic amid divisions on recognising its origin and international action. The Dominican Republic, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council, said that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief the meeting on his call for a global ceasefire, the pandemic's impact on peacekeeping operations and the humanitarian response. China and Russia were reported to be opposed to the meeting, while the US wanted China be named as the source of the pandemic. The initiative for the meeting came from nine of the 10 non-permanent members of the Council led by Germany. South Africa did not join the effort.