WHO chief calls COVID-19 ‘enemy against humanity’
The pinnacle of the World Well being Group on Wednesday known as the brand new coronavirus an “enemy towards humanity,” because the variety of individuals contaminated by the pandemic soar previous 200,000.
File image reveals World Well being Group (WHO) Director-Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at a each day briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 9, 2020. Picture: Xinhua
Worldwide fatalities topped 8,000 and extra deaths have now been recorded in Europe, the brand new viral epicenter, than in Asia for the reason that outbreak started.
“This coronavirus is presenting us with an unprecedented menace,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus instructed journalists in a digital information convention.
He burdened the necessity for nations in all places to “come collectively as one towards a standard enemy: an enemy towards humanity.”
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Sub-Saharan Africa has solely recorded 233 circumstances and 4 deaths, making it the least affected area.
However Tedros warned the scenario might shortly shift.
“In different nations, we’ve seen how the virus truly accelerates after a sure tipping level, so one of the best recommendation for Africa is to arrange for the worst, and put together right now,” he mentioned.
“Africa ought to get up,” he mentioned.
Tedros mentioned the WHO was talking each day with decision-makers worldwide “to assist them put together and prioritize.”
“Do not assume your neighborhood will not be affected. Put together as if will probably be,” he mentioned.
The WHO has known as for each single suspected case to be examined.
In nations the place that was not potential attributable to hovering numbers of infections, Tedros insisted there have been measures to scale back the burden on healthcare methods and make epidemics extra “manageable.”
He urged states to introduce bodily distancing measures, together with canceling sporting occasions, live shows and different giant gatherings, to decelerate transmission. However Tedros added that the one approach to suppress and management epidemics of the virus was for nations to “isolate, check, deal with and hint.”