GENEVA, July 27 (KUNA) — Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday he is planning to meet with WHO emergency committee later this week to reevaluate coronavirus pandemic and provide advice in accordance with the re-evaluation.
Speaking at a news conference at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva, Ghebreyesus said that the number of infections exceeded 16 million and the fatalities surpassed 640,000, with an increased pace of the cases.
After six months of the global health emergency due to the virus, it is clear that the whole world has changed, he said.
The world learnt a lot from the pandemic and the international community with its different segments is also learning a lot, he noted.
He, meanwhile, affirmed that the main pillars of the response to the pandemic have not changed, with the political leadership’s adherence to combat it in accordance with the standards and guidelines set by the WHO.
He pointed out this also aims at raising awareness of societies, and involving them in implementing these standards and decision-making as well as listening to their concerns.
He stressed that the societies that implemented the organization’s instructions and guidelines including diagnostic tests, isolating the infected, tracking those who contacted infected cases, the commitment of individuals to sterilization, physical distancing and wearing protective masks are the societies that have succeeded in reducing the number of infections.
However, the other societies that underestimated the instructions and guidelines began to suffer again from high infection rates, he stated.
The determination and the will to combat the virus are one of the basic elements to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and this must be associated with the ability to make difficult decisions as well, he mentioned.