The World Health Organization (WHO) has sounded an alarm as the global burden of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to increase across the globe.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO sounded the alarm on Monday during a virtual briefing on Monday.
He said with too many countries headed in the wrong direction, there would be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future.
“The virus remains public enemy number one. If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go, it is going to get worse and worse and worse. But it does not have to be this way,” he said.
The WHO boss said that while numerous countries, especially in Europe and Asia, have brought outbreaks under control, too many others are seeing virus trends move in the wrong direction.
Tedros also chastised political leaders for mixed messages about outbreaks that damage trust, without referring to any politicians by name.
He called for countries to adopt a comprehensive strategy to curb the soaring caseloads in many countries, noting that about half of all the new cases are now coming from the Americas.
Still, Tedros said there was a roadmap out of the pandemic and that it’s never too late to control its spread even in places with explosive transmission.
TNG reports Coronavirus infections rose above 13 million across the world, according to tallies as of Monday.
The infection, which has killed more than half a million people globally, climbed by one million in just five days.