In accordance with the WHO, some nations are on a harmful path as Covid instances put a pressure on well being techniques
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks during a press conference on the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday March 2, 2020.
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Some countries around the world are on a “dangerous path” with the coronavirus pandemic and hospitals are starting to reach capacity ahead of the northern hemisphere winter season, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday.
“We are at a critical point in this pandemic, especially in the northern hemisphere. The next few months will be very difficult and some countries are on a dangerous path,” said Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press conference.
“”Too many countries are seeing exponential increases in cases, which means that hospitals and intensive care units are short or congested and we’re not until October, “he said.
Covid-19 was discovered in late December and has spread to more than 41.8 million people around the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 1.1 million people have been killed, shops have been closed and economies from the United States to Asia have been destroyed.
WHO officials warned last week that coronavirus outbreaks in Europe had become “worrying”. The region continues to see “rapid increases in cases and deaths,” with new cases increasing by 25% over the week, according to a situation report released by WHO on Tuesday.
France, the United Kingdom, Russia, the Czech Republic and Italy contributed to more than half of all reported cases during this period, the report said.
In the United States, outbreaks in the Midwest have resulted in a significant increase in new Covid-19 cases. The nation reported more than 71,600 new coronavirus cases on Thursday and was nearing a record number of daily infections that ceased in late July.
Even for countries that have successfully suppressed their outbreaks, Tedros said, “now is the time to double up” and take quick action on emerging clusters. He urged world leaders to “correct course as soon as possible” in cases.
“We urge leaders to take immediate action to prevent further unnecessary deaths, the collapse of basic health services and the reopening of schools,” Tedros said at the organization’s Geneva headquarters. “This is not an exercise.”
Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said a second wave of infections was “not only possible, it is most likely anywhere in the world”. Ryan said that some countries that have been able to quell their outbreaks have not “gone through” testing, contact tracing and isolation, and other measures to reduce virus transmission, and have “re-crept” the disease.
“No land is outside the forest,” he said.