Children sit in classrooms on the first school day of the new school year at GuthsMuths Primary School during the coronavirus pandemic on August 10, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.
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The World Health Organization said Monday there are rays of hope in the fight against the coronavirus, even as global viral cases are close to 20 million people and deaths reach 750,000.
“I know many of you are grieving and this is a difficult time for the world,”; WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference from the agency headquarters in Geneva. “But I want to make it clear, there are green buds of hope and no matter where a country, region, city or town is, it is never too late to turn Covid’s outbreak around- 19. “
Tedros said several countries in Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Rwanda, and islands in the Caribbean and Pacific were able to stop the virus very early on.
France, Germany, Korea, Spain, Italy and the UK have had major coronavirus outbreaks and they can stop it, too, he said. He attributed the decline in the incidence of new cases in these countries to “strong and precise” measures from leaders such as home orders and concealment orders.
WHO recommends that everyone wear masks as a way to slow the spread of the virus as well as wash their hands frequently, maintain distance from others and avoid crowded places.
“In France, President Emmanuel Macron has introduced mandatory masking in the crowded Parisian outdoor spaces to cope with the rise in cases,” Tedros said.
He said whether countries or regions have successfully eliminated Covid-19, prevented low-level transmission or are still in the midst of a major boom, now is the time to “do it all”. . “Invest in the basics of public health and we can save lives and livelihoods,” he said.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States is the worst outbreak of the disease with more than 5 million cases and at least 162,900 deaths. President Donald Trump has attributed these cases to an increase in testing. However, disease experts contradict that claim, saying the rates of test-positive cases in the US, hospitalizations and deaths are still high in some states.
At least 162,000 people died from the coronavirus and the previous predictions used by the White House are estimated to reach nearly 300,000 Americans by December 1. The Institute of Health Metrology and Evaluation is also expected to increase number of patient beds and ventilators needed.
Public health and infectious disease experts say a coordinated, strong message about the virus from the federal government and US states is more important than ever because of medical officials. There is a concern that the virus could circulate widely in parts of the Midwest.
In recent weeks, whether and how to reopen schools in the US this fall has become a hot issue as children play a role in spreading the epidemic. On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all school districts across the state had been allowed to reopen for the fall term, including New York City, the nation’s largest school district. family.
Tedros mentioned the reopening of schools on Monday, saying countries should use a “risk-based approach” while remaining “vigilant” against potential clusters.
“We all want to see our schools reopened safely, but we also need to make sure students, staff, and faculty are safe,” he said. “The basis for this is full control of Covid-19 transmission.”
He said his message was very clear: “suppress, suppress, stop viruses.”
“If we effectively stop Covid-19, we can safely open up societies,” he said.