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COVID-19 cases still rising – WHO

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THE World Health Organisation’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has expressed concerns on the continued acceleration of coronavirus pandemic despite global efforts to contain the spread.

Disclosing this today in a virtual health forum organised by Dubai authorities, the WHO boss said the novel coronavirus pandemic is still accelerating and its effects will be felt for decades.

According to Ghebreyesus, “the greatest threat facing the world is not the virus itself, but “the lack of global solidarity and global leadership”.

“We cannot defeat this pandemic with a divided world,” he said.

“The politicisation of the pandemic has exacerbated it. None of us is safe until all of us are safe.”

The WHO warned last week of a new and dangerous phase of the coronavirus pandemic, with people tiring of lockdowns despite the disease’s rapid spread.

The COVID-19 illness, which has now killed more than 465,000 people and infected almost nine million worldwide, is surging in the Americas and parts of Asia, even as Europe starts to ease restrictive measures.

Lockdowns imposed to halt the spread of the virus have caused crippling economic damage, but the WHO says the pandemic still poses a major threat.

 “We know that the pandemic is much more than a health crisis, it is an economic crisis, a social crisis, and in many countries, a political crisis,” he said.

It would be recalled that a vaccine remains yet to be discovered despite several trials, but scientists are making more researches that may likely lead to a breakthrough soon.

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