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WHO calls upon countries for comprehensive strategies to contain Covid-19

Prime News, International and National, Health, Disease, Geneva (Switzerland), July 14:- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the pandemic is worsening globally and that there will be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future.

The Director-General of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the virus’ spread is worsening in many countries.

“If the basics aren’t adopted or followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go,” Dr Ghebreyesus said. “It’s going to get worse and worse and worse.”

Dr Ghebreyesus said measures such as “social distancing, hand washing and wearing face masks in appropriate situations needed to be taken seriously.”

He called for countries to come up with comprehensive strategies to deal with the pandemic, and noted that roughly half of all new cases are in the Americas.

His remarks came a day after Florida shattered the record among US states for the largest single-day increase in new confirmed cases, with more than 15,000.

Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies director, said the easing of some lockdown measures in the Americas and the opening up of some areas had led to “intense transmission.”

Meanwhile, two WHO experts were in China for a mission to trace the origin of the pandemic. The virus was first detected in central China’s city of Wuhan late last year. Beijing had been reluctant to allow a probe but relented after scores of countries called on the WHO to conduct a thorough investigation.

The probe comes as cases continue to rise in many U.S. states, especially in the South and West.

“I really do think we could control this, and it’s the human element that is so critical. It should be an effort of our country. We should be pulling together when we’re in a crisis, and we’re definitely not doing it,” said University of Florida epidemiologist Cindy Prins. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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