COVID-19 : the world is not going to come back to normality in a “foreseeable future”

COVID-19 : le monde ne va pas revenir à la normalité dans un «avenir prévisible»

The world will not return to the”old normal in the foreseeable future,” said Monday the world health Organization (WHO), the day after one-day record of 230,000 new cases of coronavirus.

“The virus is still public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect that,” said to the media the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a virtual press conference.

He felt that “too many countries are going in the wrong direction.”

“The mixed messages of leaders undermine the most critical ingredient of any response: the confidence,” he added, without mentioning their names.

The head of the WHO has once again called on the government to communicate clearly with their citizens and to put in place a comprehensive strategy to remove the transmission and to save lives, while asking the population to track multiple gestures barrier, such as respect the distance, wash hands and wear a mask, and isolate themselves if they were sick.

“If the basic principles are not followed, this pandemic can only go in one direction only. This is going to go from worse to worse”, he assured.

“I want to be frank with you: there will be no return to the old normal in the foreseeable future”, stressed the head of the WHO.

The pandemic of the novel coronavirus has made more than 569 000 deaths in the world since the WHO office in China has reported the appearance of the disease at the end of December.

More than 12.9 million cases of infection have been officially diagnosed, including at least 6.9 million are now considered as cured.

The United States, who have identified their first death linked to the coronavirus in the beginning of February, are the most affected country in terms of both numbers of deaths than cases, followed by Brazil.

“The epicenter of the virus is still on the american continent, where more than 50 % of the cases have been registered in the world,” stressed Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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