WHO Stresses Need for Quick Action Amid Reports of Fresh COVID-19 Outbreaks

A mother and her daughter are wearing masks to protect against the Coronavirus, (Photo via UN)

(United Nations News) With several countries experiencing fresh COVID-19 outbreaks after periods of little or no transmission, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday highlighted the need for authorities to be able to move quickly to prevent further spread of the disease. 

These nations provide a cautionary tale because they show how “progress does not mean victory”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in his latest update on the crisis. 

“That’s why it’s vital that countries are able to quickly identify and prevent clusters, to prevent community transmission and the possibility of new restrictions,” he told journalists. 

Cases top 22 million 

Globally, there are now more than 22 million cases of COVID-19, and 780,000 deaths. Meanwhile, the number of people requiring hospitalisation remains high, the WHO chief reported. 

“No country can just ride this out until we have a vaccine,” he warned. 

“A vaccine will be a vital tool, and we hope that we will have one as soon as possible. But there’s no guarantee that we will, and even if we do have a vaccine, it won’t end the pandemic on its own.” 

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