Nearly six months after the new corona virus first emerged, the COVID-19 pandemic is “not even close to being over”, the head of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned.
Speaking on the eve of the grim milestone, Dr Tedros who called for renewed global commitment to save lives as cases surpass 10 million worldwide, with 500,000 deaths said that although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.
Dr Tedros underlined five priorities countries must focus on now to save lives, including empowering people to protect themselves through physical distancing, hand washing and use of sanitizers, and other public health measures, but also through sharing reliable information about COVID-19.
WHO is convening a meeting this week to assess progress and re-evaluate research priorities for the next stage of the pandemic. END