WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns Coronavirus pandemic is ‘far from over’
The Coronavirus pandemic is far from over; the World Health Organization (WHO) warned, given that many countries are still in the early stages of combating the deadly virus.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO addressing a virtual press conference, warned that the world’s largest economies might experience a complicated second wave of coronavirus if they dovetail with seasonal flu this winter, as some US states rush to reopen the select business.
Some countries have moved to lift restrictions on lockdowns but, according to WHO, it is a huge mistake that has been made because the virus is not coming to an end soon and some of the previously affected countries are witnessing a resurgence.
“Make no mistake: we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time. Most countries are still in the early stages of their epidemics. And some that were affected early in the pandemic are now starting to see a resurgence in cases,” Ghebreyesus warned.
In the same way, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Robert Redfield warned Americans on Wednesday to get ready for a more challenging second wave of the virus should it be mixed up with seasonal flu infections.
“There’s possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” Redfield noted.
Redfield adds that American should confidently embrace the flu vaccine because mitigating its effects will help in the fight against coronavirus in the country.
UN’s agency World Food Program (WFP) says coronavirus pandemic would hit the least privileged worse, especially with the shutting down of numerous businesses and millions of people who have lost their jobs as a result of the crisis.
WFP says the number of suffering from acute hunger is expected to rise to about 265 million this year alone.
President Donald Trump says his move to sign an order suspending the issuance of green cards is to ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be the first in line to jobs as the economy re-opens.
On Wednesday, US recorded more than 2,341 deaths less than the day before totaling up the number of deaths to 47,681 ever since the outbreak.
It has struggled with the outbreak particularly in New York State, one of the most hit States in the US with 849,092 cases all together.
“We must guard against a dangerous rebound (of coronavirus) after all this death,” said Trump in a news conference.
South Africa in the event of enforcing the shutdown to keep people home, authorities have deployed more than 73,000 extra troops especially in crowded towns.