As countries begin to reopen their activities after the confinement measures applied by the coronavirus, on Monday the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized that “There will be no return to normality in the foreseeable future”, one day after reporting a record 230,000 new Covid-19 infections in one day.
“There is a roadmap for a situation where we can control the disease and get on with our lives,” he said. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, during a press conference in Geneva.
“We need to reach a sustainable situation in which we have adequate control of this virus without completely closing our lives or being from one confinement to another”he remarked.
To achieve this new normality, Tedros indicated that three factors will be necessary: reducing mortality and suppressing transmission; an “empowered and committed community” that takes individual steps to protect the entire community; and strong government leadership and communication.
“Can be done. It must be done, ”emphasized the WHO Director-General.
For his part, while maintaining that everyone is waiting for a vaccine against COVID-19, Tedros urged the international community to use the tools that are available at the moment to contain the spread of the virus and save the greatest number of possible lives.
“The virus remains the number one public enemy, even though the actions of many governments and people do not reflect it.” In your opinion, “Many countries are going in the wrong direction”: “Contradictory messages from leaders undermine the essential ingredient of any response: trust.”
The WHO chief again urged governments to communicate clearly with their citizens and to establish comprehensive strategies to suppress coronavirus transmission. At the same time, he asked people to continue taking precautions, such as respect social distance, wash your hands, wear masks, and isolate yourself if you are sick.
“If these basic principles are not followed, this pandemic can only go in one direction. In other words, from worst to worst ”, he assured.
The pandemic has killed more than 569,000 people worldwide since the end of December. Officially, more than 12.9 million infected have been detected, among which at least 6.9 million are currently considered cured.
The United States, which registered its first coronavirus-related death in early February, is the country most affected in both number of cases and deaths, followed by Brazil.
“The epicenter of the virus is now in the Americas, where more than 50% of cases worldwide have been registered”, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
With information from AFP
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