The COVID-19 pandemic just isn’t even near being over, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus informed 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 people remain susceptible, the virus still has a lot of room to move,” he mentioned.
“We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over. Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up.”
The head of the WHO’s emergencies programme, Mike Ryan, informed the briefing that super progress had been made in the direction of discovering a protected and efficient vaccine to stop an infection, however there was nonetheless no assure the trouble would succeed.
In the meantime, international locations might combat the unfold of the illness by testing, isolating confirmed circumstances and monitoring their contacts, he mentioned. He singled out Japan, South Korea and Germany for his or her “comprehensive, sustained strategy” in opposition to the virus.
The WHO plans to convene a gathering this week to evaluate progress in analysis in the direction of preventing the illness, Tedros mentioned.
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