Fears coronavirus will worsen unless governments provide clear strategy to control pandemic

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The global coronavirus pandemic will get worse unless governments provide a clear and comprehensive strategy to suppress transmission.

World Health Organisation (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there would be “no return to the ‘old normal’ for the foreseeable future” and that “too many countries were headed in the wrong direction”.

His stark message was delivered as 230,000 Covid-19 cases were reported to the WHO on Sunday, with almost 80 per cent occurring in 10 countries and 50 per cent in just two.

Dr Tedros said more than 50 per cent of the world’s cases have been recorded in the Americas.

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He told a WHO press briefing: “The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this.”

He accused leaders of “undermining” people’s trust with mixed messages in attempts to control the pandemic.

He warned that if governments do not implement a comprehensive strategy to suppress transmission and if people do not follow social distancing or hand washing guidelines, the virus will continue to spread.

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Dr Tedros said: “If the basics aren’t followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go. It’s going to get worse and worse and worse.”

He claimed that countries which had overcame the initial peak of the outbreak were now “struggling” with a second wave of cases after relaxing restrictions.

“It would appear that many countries are losing gains made as proven measures to reduce risk are not implemented or followed,” Dr Tedros said.

But he said many countries in Europe had demonstrated it was possible to bring large outbreaks under control.

“Where countries have effectively suppressed the virus, leaders are opening up their societies on a data-driven, step-by-step basis, with a comprehensive public health approach, backed by a strong health workforce and community buy-in.”

Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, said it was still not fully known whether people who had the virus would be immune to it in the future.

He said: “We need to learn to live with this virus. Expecting we will eradicate this virus in the coming months is not realistic."

Dr Tedros stressed governments must focus on reducing death rates and transmission, while communities should adhere to public health advice.

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