Children sit in the classroom for the first day of the new school year at GuthsMuths Elementary School during the coronavirus pandemic on August 10, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.
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The World Health Organization said Monday there is hope in the fight against coronavirus, even as global cases from the virus close to 20 million and deaths approach 750,000.
“I know that many of you are saddened and that this is a difficult moment for the world,”; WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. “But I want to be clear, there are green jumps of hope and no matter where a country, a region, a city or a town is, it is never too late to turn the Covid-19 explosion.”
Tedros said several countries in Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Rwanda and islands across the Caribbean and the Pacific were able to suppress the virus early.
France, Germany, South Korea, Spain, Italy and the UK had major coronavirus outbreaks and they were also able to suppress it, he said. He attributed the drop in the number of new cases in those countries to “strong and precise” measures by executives such as stay-at-home orders and masked mandates.
The WHO recommends that people wear masks as a way to slow the spread of the virus, as well as wash their hands regularly, maintain a distance from others, and avoid crowded places.
“In France, President Emmanuel Macron introduced mandatory camouflage in the crowded outdoor spaces of Paris in response to an increase in cases,” Tedros said.
He said if countries or regions have successfully eliminated Covid-19, suppressed repression at a low level or are still in the midst of a major explosion, now is the time to “do it all”. “Invest in the basics of public health and we can save both lives and livelihoods,” he said.
The United States has the worst eruption in the world with more than 5 million cases and at least 162,900 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. President Donald Trump has attributed the cases to an increase in testing. However, disease experts oppose this claim, saying the rate of cases testing positive in the US, hospitalizations and deaths remain high in some states.
At least 162,000 people have already died from the coronavirus and predictions previously used by the White House estimate could climb to nearly 300.00 Americans by December. The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation also expects an increase in the number of hospital beds and ventilators that will be needed.
Public health experts and infectious disease specialists say a strong, coordinated message on the virus from the federal government and US states is more important than ever as health officials fear the virus could circulate widely in parts. of the Midwest now.
In recent weeks, whether and how to reopen schools in the US this fall has become a hotbed as the role children play in the spread of the disease is still unclear. On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all school districts across the state had been authorized to reopen for the fall semester, including New York City, the nation’s largest school district.
Tedros addressed the reopening of schools Monday, saying countries should use a “risk-based approach” while remaining “vigilant” of potential clusters.
“We all want to see schools reopen safely, but we also need to make sure students, staff and faculty are safe,” he said. “The foundation for this is adequate Covid-19 transmission control.”
He said his message is clear: “press, press, press the virus”.
“If we suppress Covid-19 effectively, we can open up societies,” he said.