WHO: Every week we’re adding approximately two million COVID-19 cases

05.10.2020 18:31

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told that every week we’re adding approximately 2 million cases and the world passed the tragic milestone of 1 million deaths last week.

“There are roughly four different situations that countries are currently facing”, he said. “First, some countries jumped on the virus quickly and have avoided large outbreaks. Second, some countries have had large outbreaks but were able to bring them under control and they continue to suppress the virus. Third, while some countries brought the virus under control, as economies and societies have eased restrictions, there has been an increase in cases. And fourth, there are still some countries that are in the intense phase of transmission”.
WHO Director-General urged every single leader to strengthen their response, put targeted measures in place that we know can suppress the spread, ensure that health systems and workers are protected, and saves lives.
As well as focusing on their own national context, according to Tedros Ghebreyesus, it’s important to also drive global solidarity by investing in global public goods.
“This week we were pleased that countries stepped up and announced USnewscat="%" billion of new funding for the ACT Accelerator, which is driving progress on diagnostics, treatment and vaccines”, he reminded.
On Monday WHO had approved the first antigen based rapid diagnostic test for Emergency Use Listing and had secured supply of 120 million tests for use in low- and middle-income countries.
WHO Director-General informed that 168 countries have now joined COVAX and another 25 have told they will do so soon.

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