The COVID-19 pandemic shouldn’t be even near being over, World Well being Group chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advised a briefing on Monday.
Tedros famous that, six months after China first alerted the WHO to a novel respiratory an infection, the grim milestones of 10 million confirmed infections and 500,000 deaths had been reached.
“Most individuals stay prone, the virus nonetheless has lots of room to maneuver,” he mentioned.
“All of us need this to be over. All of us need to get on with our lives. However the arduous actuality is that this isn’t even near being over. Though many nations have made some progress globally, the pandemic is definitely dashing up.”
The pinnacle of the WHO’s emergencies programme, Mike Ryan, advised the briefing that large progress had been made in direction of discovering a secure and efficient vaccine to stop an infection, however there was nonetheless no assure the hassle would succeed.
Within the meantime, nations may battle the unfold of the illness by testing, isolating confirmed instances and monitoring their contacts, he mentioned. He singled out Japan, South Korea and Germany for his or her “complete, sustained technique” towards the virus.
The WHO plans to convene a gathering this week to evaluate progress in analysis in direction of preventing the illness, Tedros mentioned.
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