Prime News, International and National, Health, Geneva (Switzerland), March 6:- World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged governments across the globe to step-up their fight against novel coronavirus.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that it is high time to act strongly towards containing the outbreak as it is spreading 17 times faster outside China. He also pointed out that several nations are not taking requisite measures to contain the virus.
Covid-19 is not a pandemic for now although there are very concerning signs, the chief of WHO said, expressing his deep concern about the spread of the coronavirus into an increasing number of countries with weaker health systems over the past few days.
“Although the situation could be worse than what we are now and it could be a pandemic level, there are countries within this situation which have shown that it (Covid-19) can be contained,” Ghebreyesus said at a daily briefing, underlying “we should not give up until the last attempt.”
Ghebreyesus insisted that pandemic can only be declared based on evidence, which is not there yet. He praised those countries which have been fighting hard against the epidemic, noting positive signals and experience regarding the virus have already emerged.
Moreover, Ghebreyesus called for a comprehensive approach, stressing the political commitment and intervention should be triggered in all countries for Covid-19 containment. Coronavirus has claimed over 3,300 lives and infected more than 98,000 people world over. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)