The top of the World Well being Group on Wednesday mentioned the brand new coronavirus was an “enemy towards humanity”, because the variety of folks contaminated within the pandemic soared previous 200,000.
“This coronavirus is presenting us with an unprecedented menace,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advised journalists in a digital information convention, stressing that it was “an unprecedented alternative to come back collectively as one towards a typical enemy: an enemy towards humanity.”
Worldwide fatalities topped eight,000 and extra deaths have now been recorded in Europe, the brand new virus epicentre, than in Asia because the outbreak first emerged in China in December.
Tedros mentioned the WHO was talking each day with well being ministers, heads of state, well being employees, hospital managers, trade leaders and others “to assist them put together and prioritise.”
“Do not assume your neighborhood will not be affected. Put together as if it is going to be,” he mentioned.
The WHO has known as for each single suspected case to be examined.
In nations the place that was not potential resulting from hovering numbers of circumstances, Tedros insisted there have been measures that may very well be taken to scale back the burden on healthcare methods and make epidemics extra “manageable”.
“There may be hope. There are numerous issues all nations can do,” he mentioned.
He urged states to introduce bodily distancing measures, together with cancelling sporting occasions, live shows and different massive gatherings, to decelerate transmission.
However Tedros added that the one approach to suppress and management epidemics of the virus was for nations to “isolate, take a look at, deal with and hint.”
If nations fail to do this, he mentioned, “transmission chains can proceed at a low stage, then resurge as soon as bodily distancing measures are lifted.”
Tedros in the meantime hailed that the primary vaccine trial had already begun simply two months after China shared the genetic sequence of the virus, calling it “an unbelievable achievement.”
He additionally mentioned WHO was launching a “solidarity trial” of 5 proposed remedies for the virus throughout 10 nations in a bid to determine which was only.
However an precise roll-out of a vaccine stays far off.
He known as on all nations to make use of a “complete strategy, with the intention of slowing down transmission and flattening the curve.
“This strategy is saving lives and shopping for time for the event of vaccines and coverings.”
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