Pandemic going to get worse and worse and worse: WHO

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Geneva : The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday warned that the coronavirus pandemic is raging out of control and the virus will get worse unless governments and individuals take the steps needed to suppress its transmission.

It may be noted here that more than 12.5 million people worldwide have tested positive for COVID-19, and about half of those cases -- 6.5 million -- have been in the Americas. On Saturday, almost 143,000 of the world's 230,000 new cases were in North and South America.

"Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy," Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva.

“The coronavirus pandemic has the potential to get worse and if all nations do not follow basic healthcare precautions,” warned Tedros.

“The health officials are stressing repeatedly that the virus will continue to spread until an effective vaccine is available. They point to countries that have wrangled the virus under control through robust, if basic, practices of testing, tracing and isolating those who have been infected or exposed to the virus.”

“Without these steps, life will not return to normal anytime soon,” added Tedros.