Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Adhanom Tedros, has warned nations of the world not to lower their standards in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, saying that the virus is not close to being over, SaharaReporters reported.
Adhanom Tedros, made the warning yesterday, June 29, as the virus reaches 10 million worldwide, with over 500,000 deaths. He also called for a renewed global commitment to saving lives as the virus continues to spread.
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His statement read…
“We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is: this is not even close to being over.
“Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is speeding up. We’re all in this together, and we’re all in this for the long haul.
“The critical question that all countries will face in the coming months is how to live with this virus. According to him, “That is the new normal.”
Speaking further, the Director General underlined five priorities countries need to adopt in other to save lives.
- Empowering people to protect themselves through physical distancing and other public health measures
- Through sharing reliable information about COVID-19.
- Governments must continue to work to suppress virus transmission, ensuring tracing and quarantining of contacts.
- They must also prioritize early identification and clinical care
- Paying particular attention to high-risk groups such as the elderly and those living in long-term care facilities.