WHO Warns Coronavirus Outbreak Accelerating

Elias Hubbard
March 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is escalating, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, with over 300,000 cases now identified and infections reported from nearly every country.

Detected coronavirus cases have topped 350,000 across the world since the pandemic broke out late past year, according to an AFP tally at 1700 GMT on Monday compiled from official figures.

He called on countries to introduce rigorous testing and contact-tracing strategies.

Tedros, citing "alarming reports" of large numbers of health workers around the world, said he would encourage leaders of the Group of 20 countries this week to improve protective efficiency. There is now no treatment that has been proven to be effective against COVID-19. "We can change the trajectory of this pandemic", Tedros said.He called for a mixed approach, which he likened to a football match, after he and FIFA chief Gianni Infantino jointly launched a campaign aimed at spreading the message of how to protect against infection "to kick out coronavirus".

To date, the world is recording more than 400,000 cases and 17,395 deaths in 196 territories. We are not hopeless bystanders.

Offering a glimmer of hope, the Director General said it was still possible to "change the trajectory".

Federation Internationale de Football Association has also contributed $10 million to the WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

On Monday afternoon, Italy said 6,077 people in the country have now died from COVID-19, and the country confirmed almost 64,000 cases in total. "Even if we do everything else right, many people will die if we don't prioritize protecting health workers because the health workers who could have saved their lives are sick".

Samuel Eto & # 39; o, one of the best strikers in Africa, added: "If you don't feel well, stay home".

Ghebreyesus also said those materials must be distributed fairly and arrive where they are needed the most.

He also said that several people are now involved in finding a vaccine and of drugs to treat COVID-19.

"The more countries that sign up to the SOLIDARITY trial and other large studies, the faster we will get results on which drugs work, and the more lives we will be able to save".

Dr Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization's top emergency specialist, said he had briefed Olympic and Japanese officials on public health threats and anticipated a "very early" decision on the Tokyo 2020 Games to be opened in July, in the midst of the demands for postponement.

"The pandemic is accelerating", he said.

"I believe a decision will be made very soon regarding the future of the Games", said World Health Organization emergencies director Michael Ryan.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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