Director of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus said that governments should not be “helpless witnesses” of the coronavirus pandemic, and urged the inhabitants of the planet to comply with quarantine measures.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus March 23 said that the coronavirus infection pandemic is accelerating. Transcript of his speech published on the official website of the WHO.
“WHO has received reports of more than 300 thousand cases of COVID-19 from almost all countries of the world. It is heartbreaking. The pandemic is accelerating. 67 days have passed since the first recorded case, before the first 100 thousand patients were registered, 11 days – for the second 100 thousand patients and only four days – for the third 100 thousand cases, “he stressed.
Gebreyesus added that national governments “should not be prisoners of statistics or helpless witnesses.”
“The numbers matter because these are not just numbers, but people whose lives have been turned upside down,” the WHO Director added.
He urged the inhabitants of the planet to stay home and observe other measures of social distance.
“This is an effective way to slow down the spread of the virus and gain time, but these are just protective measures. To win, we need to attack the virus using aggressive and targeted tactics: test each patient with suspected coronavirus, isolate and take care of every patient who has an illness , as well as to monitor and quarantine all those who contacted patients, “said Gebreyesus.
An outbreak of coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to the American Johns Hopkins University on March 23, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 367 thousand, more than 16 thousand people died.