By CAPosts 29 June, 2020 - 01:26pm 22 views
© Getty Images Testing and maintaining social distance are key to containing the virus, according to WHO.
The coronavirus has not been defeated. Quite the opposite.
"The worst is to come," the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking of the atmosphere of global political division and political fractures that hinder the fight against the pandemic.
"With this kind of atmosphere and conditions, we fear the worst," he added.
"Six months have passed the outbreak of the new coronavirus and the pandemic is far from over," he said.
The world exceeds 10 million cases of covid-19 and more than 500,000 deaths from the disease 3 key to the "worrying uptick in coronavirus" in the United States
The number of deaths worldwide exceeds half a million, and cases exceed ten million in the first six months, when WHO wants to take advantage of to re-strengthen life-saving care.
"Six months ago no one could have imagined how our world - and our lives - would change so much with this new virus," said the who.
"We all want it to end, we all want to get back into our lives, but the harsh reality is that we're nowhere near this is over," he warned.
"While many countries have made progress, the pandemic is accelerating globally," he warned. "Most people are still susceptible (to be infected); the virus still has plenty of room to move around."
© Getty Images Brazil is the country in Latin America with the most cases and deceased.
Half of the world's contagions have been recorded in the United States and Europe, but the number of contagions is growing rapidly throughout America.
In Latin America, the pace of new infections has accelerated since mid-May, and is increasing especially in Brazil, Mexico and Chile, according to WHO.
Tedros remarked on the importance of contact tracing of infected persons and announced that a WHO team will travel to China next week to investigate the origin of the virus, something demanded by the United States, whose government has been highly critical of the organization to the point of suspending funding and announcing the departure of the agency.
The director of WHO's emergency programme, Mike Ryan, said there has been progress in finding a vaccine, but there is no guarantee that it will be a success.
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