World Health Organization says COVID-19 pandemic is 'one big wave', not seasonal

World Health Organization says COVID-19 pandemic is 'one big wave', not seasonal

Tedros asserted that "COVID-19 has changed our world" while emphasising that it has both brought "people, communities and nations together and driven them apart".

Tedros will convene a meeting of the WHO emergency committee for Thursday, which is mandatory given the declaration of a public health emergency six months before.

The World Health Organization says the coronavirus pandemic is the worst global health emergency it has ever faced.

In the past six weeks, the World Health Organization chief said the total number of cases has roughly doubled.

"When these measures are followed, cases go down".

Countries that have followed the WHO's advice have either prevented large-scale outbreaks, such as New Zealand and Rwanda, or have brought large outbreaks under control as are the cases of Canada, Germany, China and South Korea, he said.

Asked about the rise in cases in Spain, Dr Ryan described them as "a series of clusters" confined mainly to the north-east of the country.

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Ghebreyesus said determination was a fundamental ingredient for stopping the virus, as well as the willingness to make hard choices.

Ghebreysus said the pandemic demonstrates that health is not a reward for development, instead, it's the foundation of social, economic and political stability.

Almost 650,000 have died and 9.4 million have recovered.

"We are not prisoners of the pandemic".

Tedros said that in the past six weeks, the number of infections has roughly doubled.

"It is going to be nearly impossible for individual countries to keep their borders shut for the foreseeable future", he said, pointing out that "economies have to open up, people have to work, trade has to resume".

"Continuing to keep worldwide borders sealed is not necessarily a sustainable strategy for the world's economy, for the world's poor, or for anybody else", said Michael Ryan, WHO Emergencies Director.

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