COVID-19: WHO urges continuation of public health measures

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus       World Health Organization

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO), a United Nations specialized agency, has called on governments around the globe to tighten anti-coronavirus measures again, warning that the diseases is still deadly and has not yet shown significant signs of losing potency.

He cited the incidence data for June 21, when more than 183 thousand new cases of COVID-19 infection were recorded worldwide in order to prove the acceleration of the spread of coronavirus infection.

Officials of the agency during a virtual briefing from Geneva on Monday said this was the largest single-day increase of the virus since it was first detected in Wuhan, China. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that countries can save lives as well as livelihoods by being creative. Others that had successfully suppressed transmission, are now seeing an upswing as they reopen their economies.

According to World Health Organization, as of 3:50 p.m. CEST (1750 GMT), the COVID-19 pandemic had infected 8,860,331 people worldwide, causing a death toll of 465,740. Tedros said, "We urge countries to be careful and creative in finding solutions that enable people to stay safe while getting on with their lives".

Tedros pushed governments to "double down" on testing suspected COVID-19 patients, isolating those who are sick and tracing and quarantining anyone who had been in contact with a known patient.

He also urged every individual to take measures to protect themselves and others, such as maintain physical distance, cleaning hands and wearing a mask where appropriate.

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"Unless we act now Africa is at risk of being left behind in the global vaccine race", John Nkengasong said.

Ghebreyesus added: "The next challenge is to increase production and then quickly and equitably distribute dexamethasone worldwide, focusing on where it is needed most".

"We've seen a steady and worrying continuation of trend, with many countries experiencing between a 25 and 50 percent rise in cases over the last week".

'There is no evidence this drug works for patients with mild disease or as a preventative measure, and it could cause harm.

Ghebreyesus said: "So far, 48 countries had made requests for supplies through the WHO COVID-19 supply portal".

"Many countries are now experiencing difficulties in obtaining oxygen concentrators".

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