“Coronavirus Pandemic Still Accelarating”, Warns WHO Chief

The WHO Chief said the greatest threat facing the world is not the virus itself, but “the lack of global solidarity and global leadership”.

Dubai| On Monday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Chief sent out another warning over the dangers of the new coronavirus, while France returned to life by organizing an annual music festival and sending millions of children back to school.

Though many European countries have eased lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of the virus, cases around the world are rising especially in Latin America with Brazil now registering over 50,000 deaths.

“The pandemic is still accelerating,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director-general, told the virtual health forum organized by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

“We know that the pandemic is much more than a health crisis, it is an economic crisis, a social crisis and in many countries a political crisis,” Tedros further added.

“Its effects will be felt for decades to come.”

The WHO Chief said the greatest threat facing the world is not the virus itself, which has now killed over 4,65,000 people and infected nearly nine million worldwide, but “the lack of global solidarity and global leadership”.

“We cannot defeat this pandemic with a divided world. The politicization of the pandemic has exacerbated it,” he further added.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday had said that Coronavirus pandemic has entered a “new and dangerous phase” as daily Covid-19 cases hit record highs.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom, during a press conference from the agency’s Geneva headquarters, had said the number of new cases reported Thursday “were the most in a single day so far” at 150,000.

Tedros had said that almost half of the cases were reported from the Americas, while large numbers coming from Southern Asia and the Middle East.

“Many people are understandably fed up with being at home. Countries are understandably eager to open up their societies and economies. But the virus is still spreading fast. It is still deadly and most people are still susceptible,” Tedros said.



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