COVID-19 Can Still Be Brought Under Control – Says WHO

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By Abimola Ogunnaike with agency report

The World Health Organisation(WHO) has said that despite the fact that cases of COVID-19 have more than doubled in the past six weeks, it is still possible to bring the pandemic disease under control.

WHO Director-General ,Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told a virtual press conference in Geneva on Friday.

He said the examples of Italy, Spain, South Korea and India’s biggest slum showed that however bad a outbreak was, the virus could still be reined in through aggressive action.

“There are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control,” said Tedros.

“And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi — a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai — a strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus.”

According to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Friday, the pandemic disease has killed no fewer than 555,000 people worldwide since the outbreak emerged in Wuhan, China last December.

Nearly 12.3 million cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories.

“Across all walks of life, we are all being tested to the limit,from countries where there is exponential growth, to places that are loosening restrictions and now starting to see cases rise.

“Only aggressive action combined with national unity and global solidarity can turn this pandemic around,”  Tedros said.

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