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‘There is no shortcut out of the pandemic’ – WHO’s stern warning to governments

The Director-General of The World Health Organization, Dr Tedros has warned governments that there is no shortcut out of this pandemic.

In a media briefing yesterday, a visibly agitated Dr Tedros criticised leaders and governments from different countries for what he termed as ‘mixed messages’.

Headed in the wrong direction

“Too many countries are headed in the wrong direction. The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect on this… Mixed messages from leaders are undermining the most critical ingredient of any response – trust.”

Dr Tedros warned that poor communication from governments to citizens, poor implementation of health measures risked the pandemic worse.

“…If the basics aren’t followed, there is only one was the pandemic is going to go. It’s going to get worse and worse and worse.”

Sustainable solutions to avoid shutting down

He warned that governments’ poor approach to the COVID-19 pandemic would lead to a shut down of people’s lives entirely. Governments needed to avoid this, he said.

“We need to reach a sustainable situation where we have adequate control of this virus without shutting down our lives entirely or lurching from lockdown to lockdown, which has a hugely detrimental impact on societies…There will be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future.” Dr Tedros said in conclusion.

Surging infections

The news by the WHO comes at a time of accelerating infections across the world. So far, the number of infections has crossed 13 million.

Countries such as Brazil and the USA have leaders who remain in denial about the danger of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The two are the worst-hit countries worldwide. Even after testing positive for the virus, Brazil President, Bolsonaro, is still defiant.

Thus, the lackadaisical approach to the pandemic is what is leading to accelerating infections, forcing WHO to sound the warning.

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