World Health Organization chief says political leadership ‘can stop this pandemic’

Elias Hubbard
March 26, 2020

In a virtual press briefing in Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the United Nations health agency has called repeatedly for heads of state to lead a "whole-of-government" response to the new coronavirus.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), strongly urged the global community to keep social distancing policies in place, or the world will risk a relapse of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We have overcome many pandemics and crises before, we will overcome this one too".

"That's exactly what he's doing which we appreciate because fighting this pandemic needs political commitment", Tedros said, referring to Trump.

"We call on all countries to use this time to attack the virus", Tedros told a press conference. "On their own, these measures won't extinguish epidemics", he said.

Tedros said the countries need to implement measures such as expanding and training the health workforce, as well as ramping up the speed and production of testing before considering ending lockdowns.

COVID-19 has spread now to more than 450,000 people worldwide with the death toll climbing past 20,000, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. "The question is how a large price we will pay".

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