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WHO chief Ghebreyesus says worst yet ahead of us in COVID-19 pandemic


21 April 2020  

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GENEVA: Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that “the worst is yet ahead of us” in the coronavirus pandemic that has infected millions and killed thousands across the globe.

Addressing the media, the WHO Director-General said: “Trust us. The worst is yet ahead of us… Let”s prevent this tragedy. It”s a virus that many people still don’t understand,” the Evening Standard newspaper reported.

“There is no secret in WHO because keeping things confidential or secret is dangerous. It”s a health issue.

“This virus is dangerous. It exploits cracks between us when we have differences,” he added.

Ghebreyesus said that the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff have been seconded to work with his agency, suggesting that was a sign of the WHO”s transparency.

“Having CDC staff means there is nothing hidden from the US from day one,” the WHO chief said, adding: “Our CDC colleagues also know that we give information immediately to anyone.”

In one of his starkest comparisons yet, the UN health agency chief also alluded to the Spanish Flu more than a century ago, reports the Evening Standard newspaper.

He said the coronavirus has a “very dangerous combination… like the 1918 flu that killed up to 100 million people”.

Ghebreyesus called the illness “Public Enemy Number One” and said: “We have been warning from day one: this is a devil that everybody should fight.

(with inputs from Agencies)

Publish Date : 21 April 2020 19:20 PM

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