The noble COVID-19 “is a controllable pandemic” if countries increase measures to tackle it, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. “We are deeply concerned that some countries are not approaching this threat with the level of political commitment needed to control it,” WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Over 1.2 lakh coronavirus cases have been reported worldwide.
More than 4,500 people have died, according to an AFP tally, while the WHO said some 125,000 cases had been reported from 118 countries and territories.
“To save lives, we must reduce transmission,” Dr Tedros insisted.
“That means finding and isolating as many cases as possible and quarantining their closest contacts,” he said, urging states to test every suspected case of Covid-19 in a bid to slow transmission.
The pandemic has disrupted cultural, networking and sporting events around the world as authorities try to prevent large gatherings.
Dr Tedros said countries needed to find the right balance between protecting health and preventing social and economic disruption. However, “containment” needed to remain the central pillar in any plan to tackle the spread, he said.
Tedros urged unaffected countries to prepare their health facilities, and pressed all states to innovate and share any new ways to prevent infections and minimise the impact of the outbreak.