The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called on countries to continue fighting the coronavirus even after some restrictions were lifted. This statement was made against the background of easing the quarantine in some European countries.
“Easing restrictions is not the end of the epidemic in any country,” the WHO representative said.
Ending the epidemic need “constant efforts on the part of individuals, communities, and governments in the fight against this deadly virus”.
The head of the organization called on countries to ensure “identification, testing, isolation of each case, tracking the contacts of infected people”.
WHO welcomes the development of COVID-19 antibody tests that help understand the extent of infection in the population. The first data of such studies suggest that even in highly affected areas of the coronavirus infected could be a relatively small percentage of the population — no more than 2-3 percent, said the head of the organization.
Still, coronavirus tests are “the main tool for detecting cases, diagnosing, isolating, and treating.”
WHO doesn’t hide anything from the US
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that WHO does not hide anything from the US and other countries. He recalled that the organization works closely with specialists from the CDC (Centers for disease control and prevention), and this means that all information is received in the United States.
“There are no secrets in the WHO because we are talking about lives. It’s open, it doesn’t hide anything. We want all countries to get the same information immediately because it helps countries prepare well and quickly,” he said.
Last week, US President Donald Trump accused WHO of misjudging the situation with the spread of the coronavirus at the beginning of the epidemic and giving incorrect recommendations to countries. The head of the White House suspended funding WHO.