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The head of WHO said that many countries went in the wrong direction in the fight against coronavirus

Tedros Adan Gebreyesus emphasized that “coronavirus remains the number one enemy of society”.

GENEVA, July 13. Many states have gone in the wrong direction as part of the fight against coronavirus. This was announced on Monday by the head of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

"Too many countries have gone in the wrong direction. Coronavirus remains the number one enemy of society, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this. And ambiguous signals from leaders undermine the most important element of any response- trust," - he said.

The head of WHO did not specify which countries, in his opinion, chose the wrong strategy to combat the spread of infection. However, he called on governments to “clearly and timely inform their citizens and implement comprehensive strategies focused on breaking the chains of the virus and saving lives.”

Pandemic Response Rules

The head of WHO emphasized that a new type of coronavirus will continue to spread if the basic rules for countering a pandemic are not respected.

“If society does not adhere to the basic principles of public health, there is only one option for the development of a pandemic,” he said. “The situation will only worsen.” The head of WHO clarified that we are talking about the fact that people should keep a distance, wash their hands regularly, wear masks, cover their mouth when coughing, and stay home in case of illness.

“Every leader, every government and every person can contribute to breaking the chains of transmission of the virus and ending collective suffering,” added Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “I’m not saying that it’s easy. <...> I know that many leaders work in difficult circumstances and that there are other difficulties in the healthcare, economic, social and cultural fields that need to be taken into account, but there are no easy ways to fight against coronavirus. We all hope for an effective vaccine, but should focus on using the tools available in at our disposal to break chains and save lives. "

The head of WHO called for taking the spread of coronavirus under control "without stopping" the normal course of life or the periodic announcement of quarantine, which will have an "extremely negative impact on society." At the same time, he acknowledged that in the near future humanity will not be able to return to its former life.

An outbreak caused by a coronavirus disease was recorded at the end of 2019 in Central China and spread to most countries. On March 11, WHO recognized it as a pandemic. To date, more than 12.9 million people have been infected with coronavirus in the world, 570 thousand have died.

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