The world has been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic for 7 months now. The outbreak started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. However, the virus has now infected more than 13.6M people and killed 585,000.
Many countries, including New Zealand, Japan, and Australia were able to recover from the pandemic without sustaining much damage. However, countries such as the USA, Brazil, and India are facing heavy losses.
In the past, the WHO has said that the global spread of the virus has been worsening, even though European countries seem to be returning to normal.
Now, the WHO has said something none of us was ready to hear.
WHAT DID THE WHO SAY ABOUT CORONAVIRUS?
In his opening remarks at a media briefing on 13th July, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus revealed that out of the 200,000-odd cases of coronavirus that were reported, more than ¾ were from 10 countries.
“Yesterday, 230,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported to WHO.”
“Almost 80% of those cases were reported from just 10 countries, and 50% come from just two countries.”
He also stated that “the number of daily deaths remains relatively stable.”
He added –
“There is [still] a lot to be concerned about.”
Without naming any country, he spoke about the countries being badly affected by the pandemic.
“Let me blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction. The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this. The only aim of the virus is to find people to infect.”
“If governments do not clearly communicate with their citizens and roll out a comprehensive strategy focused on suppressing transmission and saving lives; If populations do not follow the basic public health principles of physical distancing, hand washing, wearing masks, coughing etiquette and staying at home when sick; If the basics aren’t followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go.”
“It’s going to get worse and worse and worse.”
“I want to be straight with you: there will be no return to the “old normal” for the foreseeable future.”
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He also mentioned 3 things that governments need to take to control of the spread in their countries –
“First, a focus on reducing mortality and suppressing transmission.”
“Second, an empowered, engaged community that takes individual behavior measures in the interest of each other.”
“And third, we need strong government leadership and coordination of comprehensive strategies that are communicated clearly and consistently.”
He added –
“It can be done. It must be done. I have said it before and I will keep saying it.”
“No matter where a country is in its epidemic curve, it is never too late to take decisive action.”