The World Health Organization has expressed hope that coronavirus pandemic will be controlled. Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it is never too late to turn the outbreak around.
Confirmed cases of coronavirus have reached 20 million whereas the death toll can reach 750,000 in the coming days. However, the WHO urged that it was never too late to take action to control the crisis.
According to the latest figure, there are 20,259,579 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide out of which 739,212 have died whereas 13,190,518 have recovered. The number of active cases is 6,329,849 worldwide.
WHO chief said in a virtual press conference, “This week we’ll reach 20 million registered cases of Covid-19 and 750,000 deaths”.
“Behind these statistics is a great deal of pain and suffering. Every life lost matters. I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world.”
“But I want to be clear: there are green shoots of hope and … it’s never too late to turn the outbreak around.”
Mr. Tedros quoted the examples of countries that have successfully limited the cases. He cited New Zealand and Rwanda, and appreciated countries that had responded to the outbreak quickly.
He said, “My message is crystal clear: suppress, suppress, suppress the virus,”
“If we suppress the virus effectively, we can safely open up societies.”