Coronavirus ‘most severe health emergency’: WHO « Khabarhub
Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

Coronavirus ‘most severe health emergency’: WHO


28 July 2020  

Time taken to read : 2 Minute


  • A
  • A
  • A

KATHMANDU: World Health Organization Chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has acknowledged COVID-19 is the most severe global health emergency ever declared by the organization.

WHO Chief said he would reconvene the WHO’s emergency committee this week for a review.

There have been five other global health emergencies: Ebola (two outbreaks), Zika, polio and swine flu.

More than 16m cases of COVID-19 have been reported since January, and more than 650,000 deaths.

“When I declared a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January… there were less than 100 cases outside of China, and no deaths,” Dr Tedros said.

The total number of cases, he added, had roughly doubled in the past six weeks.

Although the world had made a huge effort in fighting the virus, there remained “a long hard road ahead of us”, he said.

At Monday’s briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, the WHO also said travel restrictions could not be the answer for the long term, and countries had to do more to halt the spread by adopting proven strategies such as social distancing and wearing masks.

“It is going to be almost impossible for individual countries to keep their borders shut for the foreseeable future. Economies have to open up, people have to work, trade has to resume,” WHO emergencies programme director Mike Ryan said.

WHO officials acknowledged however that further lockdowns in countries experiencing renewed outbreaks may be necessary, but suggested they should be as short as possible, and confined to as small a geographic area as possible (ie local lockdowns).

(With inputs from Agencies)

Publish Date : 28 July 2020 09:47 AM

Third largest party in govt leadership: How ethical?

KATHMANDU: Politics transcends mere arithmetic; it embodies the democratic values,

Today’s national news in a nutshell

Khabarhub brings you a glimpse of major developments of the

Victims of conflict during Maoist-led war should receive compensation: Biplav

KATHMANDU: General Secretary of the Nepal Communist Party, Netra Bikram

President Paudel meets German President Steinmeier in Berlin, urges removal of EU flight ban on Nepali airlines

BERLIN, GERMANY: President Ramchandra Paudel met with German President Frank-Walter

State treasury could get Rs 300 billion more in revenue if tax systems reformed: HLRC

KATHMANDU: The High-Level Recommendation Committee (HLRC) on Tax System Reforms