The pandemic is accelerating, the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus said. According to WHO, more than 300 thousand cases of COVID-19 have been registered in almost all countries of the world to date. “This is heartbreaking,” the WHO press service quoted the head of the organization as saying. According to the online monitoring of the research center for systems science and engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (USA), the number of cases of coronavirus in the world has exceeded 370 thousand.
According to who, the first 100 thousand cases of coronavirus were registered in 67 days from the first detected COVID-19, the second hundred – in 11 days, the third-in just 4 days.
— You can see how the virus is accelerating. However, we are not prisoners of statistics. We are not helpless witnesses. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic. Numbers matter because they are not just numbers; they are people whose lives and the lives of their families have been turned upside down. You can’t win a football game by playing only defense, you also have to attack,” Gebreyesus said.
According to the head of the WHO, asking people to stay at home and other measures of physical distance is an important way to slow down the spread of the virus and buy time, but these are protective measures.
— To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive measures — to test everyone who could be infected, isolate and take care of those who have the virus found, track and place in quarantine contacts of the first level, – says Gebreyesus.
He said that there are reports of infected health workers from all over the world. This is alarming. Gebreyesus intends to appeal to the leaders of the “Big twenty” and urge them to join forces in the fight against infection and increase the production of protective equipment for health workers.