Proportion of youth with COVID-19 triples in five months

Henrietta Strickland
August 5, 2020

Mr Ryan added: "The more we understand about the virus, the more surgical we can be in controlling it".

Tedros said that there might never be a "silver bullet" answer to the new coronavirus but people and countries should not give up.

"However, there's no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be", he said, adding that for now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control-in this case, wearing masks, social distancing, hand-washing and testing.

Apart from the United States which leads a global tally with 4.8 million total cases, European countries including Spain, Germany and France, and Asian countries such as Japan, have said that numerous newly infected are young people.

World Health Organization continues to study the origins of the virus that causes Covid-19, and sent a team to China to lay down the groundwork.

Following the meeting Dr Tedros said that coronavirus does mean that life has to stop and that people should learn to live with the virus.

He said face masks should become a symbol of solidarity round the world. He said countries with high transmission rates, including Brazil and India, needed to prepare for a big fight: "The way out is long", he said, noting success will require ongoing efforts.

World Health Organization emergencies programme director Mike Ryan said: "It is going to be nearly impossible for individual countries to keep their borders shut for the foreseeable future".

The WHO leader also announced during the briefing that an advanced team in China studying the origins of COVID-19 has recently concluded its groundwork.

"Wear a mask when appropriate, Keep your physical distance from others and avoid crowded places".

An advance team probing the source has concluded its mission and will be followed by a larger WHO-led worldwide group, including Chinese experts.

Australia's Victoria state imposed fresh, sweeping restrictions yesterday, including a curfew in Melbourne for the next six weeks, a ban on wedding gatherings, and an order that schools and universities go back online in the coming days.

Globally over 16 million people have been diagnosed with coronavirus since the outbreak in January, with more than 650,000 deaths.

Senior students study in a classroom with transparent boards placed on each desk to separate each other as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19 at Wuhan No. 23 Middle School in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, May 6, 2020.

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